Abuja - An ongoing screening of the Kogi Civil Service has revealed that an official planted 300 ghost workers in the payroll of the state.
According to a Punch report, the screening committee had discovered that the Registrar of the Kogi State College of Education (Technical) had issued 200 letters of employment on the day before the screening was set to take place.
Speaking during a civic reception on Saturday, State Governor Yahaya Bello stated that the perpetrators of the corruption would be brought to book, saying that such activities are unacceptable.
“It is ridiculous to discover that a single person, without an iota of fear of God, planted as many as 300 ghost workers in the payroll of a local government,” said Bello.
In assurance of Kogi residents, Bello stated that after the screening process is complete, only actual workers will be on the state's payroll.
“This one person is just one of many in the business of siphoning public funds into their private pockets. We will ensure that the law takes its course with those suspected of putting ghost workers into the system so that it will serve as a deterrent to others,” Bello stated.
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Bello, who claimed that the welfare of workers was the state Government's top priority, disclosed that two months' salaries due to workers had been paid out in less than two months after the current administration was put in place.
“The temptation to use the money available for other things was great, but we have chosen to prioritise the welfare of our workers. In that regard, we have paid two salaries in less than two months.
“We paid the first batch of salaries across board and without asking too many questions even though we knew the nominal rolls were compromised. This was to help actual workers who needed money to handle their responsibilities.
“The second batch we paid with the personal guarantee of the head of each Ministry, Department and Agency because we reasoned that change begins with each one of us, and a leader should know those working under his immediate supervision,” he said.