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23 306 ‘ghost workers’ discovered on FG payroll

05 February 2016, 19:00

Abuja - The Federal Government has uncovered 23 306 ghost workers on its payroll with federal civil servants and banks cashing in on the scam.

Indications emerged yesterday night that a special team constituted by the Federal Government uncovered cases of multiple salary payments with the active connivance of civil servants and some banks.

They have reportedly been identified and marked down for thorough investigation, it was learnt.

Also read: Tambuwal vows to flush out ghost workers

Consequently, the government is said to have embarked on a process of investigating and removing civil servants already  identified in the scam from its payroll, although unconfirmed reports also indicated that some of those affected have begun to resign their appointments as a pre-emptive measure against humiliation at the end of the investigation.

Another source said out of the 312 306 civil servants whose bank accounts have so far been checked through the Bank Verification Number (BVN) platform, “23 306 individuals have issues with their accounts.

With the adoption of the BVN for salary payment, the Federal Ministry of Finance has so far checked the details of about 312 000 civil servants,” a development said to have led to the discovery of a high level of irregularities in salary payment.

Source: Nation

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