Vice President Yemi Osibajo has disclosed that an additional 5,000 ghost workers have been uncovered in the on-going daily audit of workers in the Federal civil service.
This is apart from the about 35,000 ghost workers earlier unearthed following the full implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy by the federal government.
Osibajo who disclosed this at the 80th Tabieorar festival of the Church of the Lord Prayer Fellowship worldwide held at Mount Tabieorar Ground , Ogere Remo along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway lamented that salaries collected by ghost workers on a monthly basis ran into billions of Naira that could have been profitably used for the public good.The Vice President who was represented at the event by Aso Rock Chaplain, Seyi Malomo said despite inheriting a badly damaged economy, the present administration has begun moves to tackle the challenges and return the country to a glorious path.
Osibajo said what the presidency has done is re-laying the foundation to take Nigeria back to glory.
Besides, he disclosed that government has diversified the economy focusing more on agriculture.
This initiative according to the Vice President would address the unemployment situation among the teeming youths.
He said, “we are gradually diversifying the economy by exploring alternative revenue options particularly in the solid and natural mineral sector of the economy . Recently, we untied the legal knot that had kept a major economic sector comatose for years. As a result, we should see results from resuscitation of Nigerian Iron Mining Company , Itakpe, and the Ajaokuta Steel , Kogi “, he said.
He further appealed to Nigerians to endure the current challenges assuring that there would be full restoration soon.