Abuja - No fewer than 9,270 ghost workers have been revealed to be on the payroll of the Kogi State Government, Vanguard reports.
Jerry Agbaji, Chairman of the Committee on staff screening and verification in the state, made the announcement in Lokoja, claiming that the figure represented the number of workers in the state who did not show up for the screening at all.
The figure is said to have comprised of 4,060 state government workers, 3,054 teachers and 2,936 local government workers.
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Having screened more than 81,000 workers during the exercise, Agbaji claimed that the figure could increase due to several workers having issues with forged certificates, double salary collection, bank verification numbers, fake letters of appointment and lack of bank statements, The Nation reports.
In addition, the Auditor-General for local governments, Alhaji Ahmed Ododo, claimed that the names of 40 unscreened workers had been smuggled into the report.
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