Nigeria authorities discover 43, 000 ghost workers in security agencies
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Abuja) Nigeria's Head of the Continuous Audit team of the Federal Government, Mohammed Dikwa announced that the government discovered 43,000 ‘ghost workers’ in security agencies in the country.
According to him, the discovery enable the government to save 50 billion naira Nigerian currency. He explained that the money was saved through the ongoing audit of security agencies payroll and trimming down of unnecessary expenses in the system.
Dikwa disclosed this in Abuja at a meeting between the Continuous Audit team, Minister of Finance and Heads of Para-Military agencies. “Since we started the continuous audit programme, we have saved about N50 billion and over 43,000 ghost workers have been removed from the payroll of the federal government.
“And as we go on, we are very sure that we will continue to reduce the cost of federal government payroll. “Please note the cost is not related to ghost workers alone but with allowances which we believe have to be trimmed down so that we can manage the cost of governance,’’ he said.
Mr. Dikwa said officers from the account departments of all the para-military agencies were currently undergoing training on IPPIS and the Government Management Information System (GIFMIS) In her remarks, Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said the audit of the para-military payroll would focus mainly on non-regular allowances of security officers.
She said initial investigations had revealed that these allowances had created avenues for fraudulent persons within the system to steal money.
President Mohammadu Buhari had set up the Continuous Audit team to look into the payroll of all Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies.