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Niger government discovers over 2,000 ghost workers

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Niger State Government says it has uncovered over 2,000 illegal workers amongst its workforce in the state.

This was the final result of findings submitted by the Salary Management Committee set up by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.

Chairman of the Committee who is also Commissioner for Works and Infrastructural Development, Engineer Ibrahim Panti made the revelation during the post executive council briefing in government house.

According to him, several millions were recovered to have been entering into some fictitious spending in Ministries, Agencies as well as Departments (MDAs) across the state.

The chairman explained that out of the remaining 26,387 workers on the Governments’ payroll, only 23,624 are genuine and legal workers of the state who would be captured in the civil servants data base.

He said “after conducting the final screening exercise to further verify the staff on government’s payroll, we discovered 2,764 have different names, using different banks with the same BVN being paid salaries.”

The commissioner also revealed that 191 pending cases may scale up, while 477 workers are placed on hold having failed to produce either their first employment letter other documents.

” Out of the 1,230 cases rejected some are either dead, retired or on impersonation, even as 603 persons are yet to show up for the screening exercise.”

Panti further added that a 6-Man Review Committee Chaired by Commissioner for Planning, Mamman Musa has been constituted by the state Governor to look into the recommendations given by the Salary Management Committee.

It would be recalled that a total of 36,000 names of civil servants were presented to the committee when they started the screening exercise, it was brought down to 27,000 and latter to 25,000 and presently to 23,624.

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