The Kogi State Committee on Staff screening and verification has uncovered no fewer than 9,720 ghost workers on the payroll of the State government.
Chairman of the committee, Mr Jerry Agbaji, who announced the development during a stakeholders meeting in Lokoja, said the figures represented the number of workers in ministries and local governments who did not show up at all for the screening.
He said the figure comprised of 4,060 state government workers, 3,054 teachers and 2,936 local government workers. Agbaji, who is currently the acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Arts and Culture, said the committee screened more than 81,000 workers during the exercise.
According to him, 22,272 workers in the 21 local government councils presented themselves for the screening while 22,608 primary school teachers submitted themselves for the exercise.
He said the number of ghost workers could go up as many workers had issues ranging from forged certificates, double salary collection, bank verification number, fake letters of appointment and non-availability of bank statements, among others.
Also addressing the meeting, the Auditor-General in charge of local governments, Alhaji Ahmed Ododo said the names of 40 unscreened workers were smuggled into the report.
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