Niger Uncovers 350 Dead, Retired Civil Servants Still On Pay Roll

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An investigation by the Niger State government has revealed that 340 civil servants in the state are either dead or retired but are still receiving salaries.

Also, workers numbering over 3,000 were discovered to have joined the civil service with forged certificates.

A committee set up by the state government to look into the over blotted salary bills of the state disclosed this to journalists on Monday at the Government House in Minna, Niger State capital.

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Chairman of the Committee and Commissioner of Works, Ibrahim Panti told journalists that the findings took place after the Head of Service of the state forwarded the names of 26,387 civil servants to the committee, but only 25,861 of them were discovered to have registered on the screening portal.

Panti also revealed that 1,789 civil servants did not complete the screening process due to credential problems among others, while 773 civil servants among those who registered absented themselves from the screening exercise.

A total number of 169 screened staff were discovered missing from the September 2020 payment schedule submitted by the office of the Head of Service.

The committee said it is however still looking into the issues of some of the civil servants who may have a genuine reason for being absent.

Panti added that the comprehensive used in auditing the civil servants are available for possible human management development and for government stakeholders’ use.

“These data would henceforth serve as the fulcrum for easy identification of each employee going forward and is hereby presented for the restructuring of the state civil service,” Mr Panti said.

Kwara Suspends Perm Sec, Four Others Over ‘Ghost Workers’ Probe

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Kwara State Government has suspended five senior officials implicated in the ongoing investigation of ghost workers and suspicious deductions of workers’ salary at the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

The officials are the Permanent Secretary of the parastatal Bayo Audu Onimago; Director of Finance and Supply of SUBEB Husseni Ahmed; account officers Mujeeb Ibrahim and Oyerinde Fatai; and a staff of the Teaching Service Commission who doubled as the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers Toyin Saliu.

“The indefinite suspension is connected to some discoveries of alleged fraud in the parastatal by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This is in line with the efforts of the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration to cleanse the system, particularly at SUBEB where some startling discoveries have been made,” Murtala Olanrewaju, Commissioner for Communication, said in a statement.

“Salaries connected to the controversial names on the payroll have been flagged and suspended until the end of the exercise.”

Kogi Govt. Uncovers 18,471 Ghost Workers

Kogi Govt. Uncovers 18,471 Ghost WorkersKogi state government has uncovered 18,471 ghost workers and unintended beneficiaries in the state civil service and pension.

The Staff Review and Complaint Committee Chairman, Yakubu Okala, stated this during the reading of the final screening report in Lokoja the state capital.

He noted that the unintended beneficiaries have gulped over 2.6 billion Naira from the state government every month.

Judges, members of the state legislative arm of government, top government functionaries, staffs of agencies and parastatals, organised labour, APC members and supporters, all attended the official presentation of the final screening report at the glass hall of the government house.

While submitting the report to Governor Bello for implementation, the audience were all amazed as the committee chairman read out their findings.

Mr Okala also noted that his committee discovered quite a number of minors in the state and local government pay rolls, while some were earning double salaries from the state government’s pause.

Governor Bello commended the committee for a work well done and promised to implement all the committee’s recommendation.

He also promised to engage those who would no longer be included in the state pay roll.

The committee was set up on July 26, 2016 by Governor Yahaya Bello to look into what was described as a shoddy work earlier done by the General Okutimo (Rtd) and Dr. Jerry Agbaji committees.

They had the mandate to come up with a recommendation that would “re-position the state civil service and public service for optimal performance.

“To subject to scrutiny the list of staff that have been adjudged, identified and authenticated by the screening and verification committee.

“To receive complaints from staff and determine the genuineness or otherwise of their complaints to determine and set out criteria for accessing thoroughness among others.”

Edo LGAs To Comb Primary Schools For Ghost Workers

Edo LGAs To Comb Primary Schools For Ghost WorkersThe Chairman of The Forum of Heads of Services in the 18 local government areas of Edo State, Tom Ebhotemen, says local government authorities will commence investigation into the staffing of the primary schools in their LGAs to determine if the teachers being paid salaries are actually there.

Tom Ebhotemen said this resolution was arrived at, after the joint allocation meeting where it was discovered that the 18 councils will be left with 599 Million Naira to pay salaries out of the 1.8 Billion Naira Allocation from the Federation Account.

The statutory 5% of the allocation for traditional rulers, one percent training fund and teachers’ salary gulped 1.2 billion Naira.

“Because of the very large chunk of monies that goes for teachers’ salaries we have resolved that we will carry out snap checks on primary schools to ensure that the teachers we pay salaries to are really on ground.

“If you look at the total amount paid to teachers by all the local governments and other mandatory expenditure you have a total of N1.2 Billion out of a total of 1.8 billion Naira.

“You will now appreciate the difficulty that local governments are getting. Certainly with what we have left, most of the councils will find it difficult even to pay salaries and our normal obligations to our workers.

“But you realize also that these mandatory expenditures are not imposed on us by the government, they are our statutory responsibilities.

“We have also resolved that marriage registry should be strengthened in the various local governments.

“This is as a result of the Federal Government establishing marriage registry in some states of the Federation whereas the issue of marriage registry, registration of births and deaths is the statutory responsibility of the various local government as provided by Schedule (5) of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution as amended.

“We have also resolved that councils should look more inward, since allocation has continued to dwindle and the Governor has advised us that we should be very hardworking so that our areas of revenue we can utilize all.”

Kogi Recovers Over One Billion Naira From Ghost Workers

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The governor says the exercise will save the state billions of naira

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has disclosed that the state has uncovered over one billion naira going to ghost workers through the ongoing civil service screening exercise.

Governor Bello disclosed this while receiving the religious leaders, council of Ulamahs and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) who paid him a courtesy visit at the government house.

Mr Bello appealed to the people in the state to be patient with the state government as his administration is determined to sanitize the corrupt system which he said has bedeviled the civil service.

He promised to probe the past administration which he said has brought the state backward.

The Governor listed five cardinal points that will guide his administration in the next three years and promised to bring about change from the previous system.

The chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kogi state chapter, Bishop John Ibenu, acknowledged that Yahaya Bello’s emergence as the governor of the state is divinely connected.

The two religious bodies prayed for the Governor to succeed throughout his tenure.

Kaduna Uncovers Over 13,000 Ghost Workers

Kaduna, Ghost workersThe Kaduna State government says it has identified over 13,000 suspected ghost workers in the state civil service.

The Head of Service, Mrs Alisabatu Dada-Onazi, disclosed this while briefing journalists at the end of the state executive council meeting.

She explained that the ghost workers were uncovered after series of verification exercises were conducted to ascertain the actual number of genuine civil servants on the Kaduna State government payroll.

The Head of Service pointed out that the decision to embark on the verification exercise was informed by the disturbing amount of money being paid as workers’ salaries every month, whereby government spends all its allocation from the federation account on overhead costs.

She vowed that all those involved in the criminal act would be prosecuted accordingly.

Following the verification exercise, Mrs Dada-Onazi said that the number of workers in the state civil service has been reduced from over 88,000 to 75,726.

She, however, apologized to all who suffered hardship while the exercises lasted.

FG Saves N185b From New Payroll System

payroll systemThe federal government has saved over 185 billion Naira from the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System following the weeding out of 65,000 ghost workers.

According to the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, about 23,000 workers who were collecting multiple salaries were also discovered by the efficiency unit.

The bureau also revealed that government losses about 10 billion dollars annually as result of fraudulent procurement practices.

FEC Approves Continuous Auditing To Control Expenditure

FECThe Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a presidential initiative on continuous audit, to strengthen controls of Federal government expenditures.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, made the decision known on Wednesday while briefing reporters on the outcome of the FEC meeting held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mrs Adeosun said that the initiative would not just strengthen the internal audit of the payroll but general expenditures, which may include among others, contracts and pensions of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) without notice.

She revealed that the government had commenced the second phase of the payroll of another potential 11,000 ghost workers.

This the Minister said was sequel to the first phase of the payroll audit which revealed the existence of 23,000 ghosts workers, which saved the country about 2.29 billion Naira.

Ghost Workers: Anambra Begins Civil Servants Verification

obiano-anambra riceAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has commenced the process of weeding out ghost and fraudulent workers in the state.

Part of the process is the commencement of the verification of all civil servants in the state.

The exercise, which is in its first phase for all state government workers, would also involve teachers and local government staff in  the subsequent phases.

Inspecting the exercise on Monday in Awka, the capital of Anambra State, Governor Obiano, appealed to workers to be patient.

He stressed that the life changing sacrifice would also expose undeserving staff for the present month, as they would continue to collect their salaries through the usual bank system.

The verification availed every worker, the opportunity to register his or her bio-metrics, tender appointment documents for confirmation and physical collection of cheque for February salary.

The Governor expressed satisfaction with the pace of the machines and also commended the workers for their patience and sacrifice.

He, however, urged the workers to show dedication and commitment to their jobs for the growth and development of Anambra State.

Anambra State Head of Service said that the workers were excited about the development and outlined the documents for presentation during verification.

Mr Harry Udu said that the overall target was to plug leakages if there were any in the civil service of Anambra State.

The Head of Service maintained that prosecution would apply on any fraudulent staff found.


Ghost Workers: 2.29 Billion Naira Saved By FG

ghost workersAbout 2.3 billion naira is now being saved monthly from the federal government workers’ payroll.

The Ministry of Finance attributes this development to the ongoing BVN-based staff audit through the integrated payroll and personnel information system.

A statement from the ministry explains that this figure includes the money recovered from some non-existent workers removed from the payroll of ministries, departments and agencies.

The statement adds that investigations of other suspected cases would continue as efforts were on to recover salaries and pension paid to the ghost workers.

Yobe Governor Swears-in New Council Chairmen

YobeThe Yobe State Governor has sworn-in new Council Chairmen and mandated them to support the on-going salary verification exercise to eliminate ghost workers.

Administering the oath of office on the new appointees on Thursday, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam urged them to carryout a bio-metric exercise of all Local Government workers and fully implement the approved policies arising from the report of the exercise.

He also asked the chairmen to be prudent with the scarce resources and to concentrate only on provision of essential services such as water supply, healthcare services, and education among others.

The Governor urged the incoming officials to consolidate on the successes recorded so far by the outgoing chairmen, whom he lauded for their efforts towards developing their areas.

He also praised President Muhammadu Buhari for the significant improvement in the on-going fight against terror and appealed to the people of the state to accord security agents the desired cooperation.

“I would like to expressed my gratitude to the almighty Allah that since the inception of the Buhari administration at the centre, we have witnessed significant improvement in the on-going fight against insurgents and other acts of terrorism in the northeast region, in particular and the nation at large.

“We thank Mr President for his untiring efforts to bring the activities of the insurgency to an end. My appeal to the entire people of Yobe State is to continue to pray for the full restoration of peace and security in the state and the country as a whole,” he said.

Governor Gaidam also thanked the Speaker and members of the Yobe State House of Assembly on the approval granted for the appointment of the new chairmen.

He stressed that he would continue to count on their support and cooperation in the implementation of the policies and programmes of his administration.

The appointment of the new Caretaker Committee Chairmen of the 17 Local Governments in the state was sequel to the expiration of tenure of elected Council Chairmen in December 2015.