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Audit Panel Uncovers 3,916 Ghost Workers in Enugu LGAs


ENUGU NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A total of (3,916) ghost workers have been uncovered by an audit panel set up by Enugu state Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to conduct staff audit bio metric capturing exercise in the17 councils of the state.

Chairman of the panel and Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Edward Ubosi, also hinted that a total of one hundred and sixty one million, four hundred and ninety four thousand, five hundred and seventy naira (N161, 494, 570) only, found to be the difference in the wage bill after the exercise.

Ubosi, dropped the hint Wednesday in Enugu, while presenting the report to governor Ugwuanyi.

Giving a breakdown of the figures, Ubosi stated; “from the above, the sum of (N64, 882, 033) sixty four million, eight hundred and eighty two thousand, thirty three naira, and Ninety six million, six hundred and twelve thousand, three hundred and thirty seven naira, twenty kobo (N96, 612, 337.20) only, from local government staff gross salaries and teacher salaries respectively should be regarded as monthly savings.”

Receiving the document, the Governor applauded the audit panel for a job well done, stressing that it will go a long way in helping the state government in the on-going efforts to track down ghost workers in the‎ state public service.

African Examiner reports that the committee made a total of 26 recommendations for consideration by the government.

Among them is the removal of all staff in the local government system found out to have falsified their ages, those incapacitated by ill health, those employed contrary to the rule of civil service and those found to be impersonators in the system.

The panel equally recommended that more teachers be engaged in the primary schools in the state.

It also suggested general posting of local government staff after the bio metric capturing exercise to re-engineer more discipline in the system, among others.



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