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Nigeria ghost workers pose a major headache

19 July 2016, 14:20

Abuja - The United States chapter of the South-South Native Assembly (SSNA) has urged the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the crisis of ghost workers.

SSNA USA, the  socio-cultural forum of the Nigeria’s south-south peoples, said these compromised state coffers and worsened economic problems.

The appeal has been made to the Presidency, governors, state and national assemblies to exercise moral leadership mitigating the ongoing suffering of the nation.

Felix Gumnwee, SSNA USA President, said information available to the organization suggests the annual growth and population of ghost workers in the nation’s civil service (and in most public entities and institutions in Nigeria might outstrip the nation’s “living” and active workforce.

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“Also, among other factors, the underlying criminal scheme is severely implicated in most state governments’ inability to meet their most basic obligations to their employees, especially paying their ‘real’ workers on a month- to-month basis,” said Gumnwee.

“Evidently, the salaries and remunerations of ghost-employees are not just more than that of the active working class but are prioritized over that of the real employees and civil servants by most corrupt politicians and administrators across the nation.”

Gumnwee said SSNA-USA believes it was high time the nation’s leadership should be focused on eliminating all ghost-workers from both federal and states’ payrolls.

“Thus, we urge the nation’s political leadership including President Buhari and the nation’s governors to publicly and consistently deplore and persuade fellow Nigerians to relinquish this inordinate evil practice at public thievery besides actively calling for and supporting legislative actions designed to further criminalize this brazen act of public robbery.”

It is estimated Nigeria has over 40 000 ghost workers on its payroll costing the country about N5 billion (US$17 million).

- CAJ News


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