Benue state traps 1,261 ghost workers

Benue state traps 1,261 ghost workers

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 6:10 pm

Benue Government spends N170, 290, 870 as salaries on ghost workers every month.

Biometric Audit Consultant, Mr Prince Mkpang, stated this while submitting Report of Biometric Audit of Benue Civil Service to Gov. Samuel Ortom in Makurdi on Tuesday.

He explained that after the Automatic Finger Print Identification (AFIS), only 17, 962 staff members were active employees in the state’s civil service.

This is apart from the 1, 011 judiciary staff members that are now independent.

“Staff headcount as at Sept. 2015 is 20, 220 with a gross salary of N2.5 billion. Today, with the biometric audit staff headcount, the state has 17,962 with a wage bill of N2.3 billion.

“This shows a headcount difference of 2, 258 and a gross difference of N259 million per month.

“However, the judiciary staff, numbering 1,011 with a gross salary of N88.8 million did not avail themselves of the exercise.

“This means that 1,261 staff with a gross salary of N170, 290, 870 can be classified as ghost workers on the payroll until proven otherwise.’’

He said that 359 employees due for retirement by virtue of either date of birth or maximum length of service between Jan. and Feb. 2016 were still in the service.

The consultant said 171 staff due for retirement before Sept. 2015, were still on the payroll while 111 staff falsified their records on grounds of age disparity.

Mkpang further said that 90 staff with serious medical conditions that cannot work, were captured, adding that 1, 500 staff members were yet to be confirmed after several years in the service.

He disclosed that they had created an electronic file (e-file), which contained career profile and qualifications for each civil servant.

Gov. Ortom said government would look into the report and make necessary corrections for immediate implementation.

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