The non-existent workers nationwide that purportedly worked for the federal government had met their Waterloo as the Federal Government recently dismissed about 23,846 ghost workers from their payroll thereby saving about N2.293 monthly, the sum money that would have been paid to workers who just sit in their houses and collect salary
Mr. Festus Akanbi, Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, said the feat was achieved through Bank Verification Numbers, BVN-staff and enrollment to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. He further stated that more investigation is still going on in collaboration with the Economics and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC.
This involves active collaboration with the concerned banks and the National Pension Commission, PenCom. “Due to the fact that personnel costs represent over 40 per cent of total government expenditure, the Federal Government will continue to strengthen its payroll controls.
It plans to undertake periodic checks and to utilize computer Assisted audit techniques under its new continuous audit programme. “This will ensure that all payments are accurate and valid.
Requirements for new entrants joining the Federal Civil Service have also been enhanced to prevent the introduction of fictitious employees in future. “The ongoing exercise, which is part of the cost-saving and anti-corruption agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, is key to funding the deficit in the 2016 budget, as savings made will ultimately reduce the amount to be borrowed.”
He explained that the Federal Government would not accede to the request of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, that its members be co-opted into the panel investigating the cases of indicted civil servants because the investigations were of a criminal nature and would, therefore, be handled by the appropriate investigative agencies. 65 Shares571.
Source: The Vanguard