FG extends BVN to Microfinance Banks as ‘ghost workers’ move funds there.

The Federal Government has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to enforce the use of Bank Verification Number, BVN, in Microfinance Banks, amid suspicions that fraudulent government employees have set up “ghost workers” accounts in MFBs to avoid detection.

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, in a correspondence to the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, said the introduction of the BVN has immensely improved the integrity of the Federal Government payroll, from which more than 50,000 ghost workers had been detected.

Mrs. Adeosun however said operating bank accounts in MFBs without requirement for BVN has left a huge loophole for those who hide and launder proceeds of crime to escape detection by law enforcement agencies.

“Our ongoing efforts to verify the integrity of Federal Government personnel costs and purge the system of fraud and error has made extensive use of the Bank Verification Number as a means of identifying recipients of multiple salaries, and salaries paid into accounts with names that differ from those held on our payroll records. The success of this effort has to date yielded the removal of over 50,000 payroll entries,” the Minister said.

Mrs. Adeosun told the CBN governor that prior to the deadline for obtaining the BVN by bank customers, a large number of salary accounts of Federal employees were found to have been moved from commercial banks to microfinance banks, which did not require the use of BVN.

“This is a suspicious activity, and we have already commenced a review of such cases to identify and investigate any cases of fraud,” the Minister said.

Although the minister said extending the requirement for BVN to microfinance banks may impose a huge financial strain on the smaller microfinance banks, the Minister pointed out that “some MFBs, such as National Police Force Microfinance, NPF, have over 27,000 salary accounts. Our inability to perform checks on such a large number of salary earners is a key risk.”

“I am therefore seeking your co-operation to enforce compliance with BVN on any MFB with over 200 active salary accounts, or those above a certain size. This will support the Federal Government’s efforts at reducing leakages to create headroom for the capital projects that will support the growth of the economy,” the Minister said.

The CBN had earlier announced its intention to extend the requirement for the extension of the BVN to MFBs in September 2016 but has delayed the measure.


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Nigeria Yanks 50,000 Ghost Workers From Federal Payroll In 2016

Nigeria’s Federal government payroll has been rid of 50,000 ghost workers, saving the country N200 billion in the last 11 months.

Speaking with State House correspondents at an interactive meeting to mark the end the year, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, announced that 11 persons championing the syndicate of ghost workers have been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“The flagship program of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to rid the system of fraud and instill good governance is on course. Through a notable initiative, the Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance, the government has embarked on the continuous auditing of the salaries and wages of government departments.

“When the the Committee was constituted in February 2016, Federal government monthly salary bill was N151 billion excluding pensions. Now the monthly salary warrant is N138 billion, excluding pensions. Which means that the government is making a monthly saving of about N13 billion. That is from February 2016 to date,” he said.

The Presidential spokesman added that the “the pension bill was 15.5bn monthly as at February. Now it is down to N14.4 billion, which means average monthly saving is made of about N1.1 billion.”

He explained that the total number of ghost workers so far removed from the payroll is about 50,000 and that 11 persons championing the syndicate of the ghost workers have been referred to EFCC with some of them already undergoing trial.

Speaking on the welfare of the recently-released 21 Chibok Girls, Malam Garba said they are being treated as adoptees of the Federal Government but revealed that there is a lot of local and international interest in the future plans of the girls.

“A black American billionaire, Mr. Robert Smith who is currently sponsoring the education of 24 girls from Chibok, among them the first set set of escapees from Boko Haram at the American University of Nigeria, Yola has offered to pay for the education of the 21 released through negotiations and is offering to take responsibility for all the others who will hopefully be eventually set free. The Murtala Mohammed Foundation in the country is equally interested,” according to the the Presidential spokesman.

Responding to complaints by some of the parents of the 21 Chibok Girls that they did not have enough room for interaction with their daughters brought home for Christmas by the Department of State Services, DSS the Senior Special Assistant to the President admitted that there were some hitches arising from a lack of understanding of the objective of the trip on the part of some security operatives but that following the receipt of this complaint, a directive has been given from the headquarters for the access by the parents to be eased. “If the situation persists, pls let us know so that the higher authorities will make a further intercession,” he assured.

Addressing an issue of interest to a lot of the members of the governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC concerning appointments into boards, Malam Garba assured that the process will be be fully back on track at the beginning of the new year.

“You know that the reconstitution began methodically, from sector by sector. You should expect that to resume at the beginning of the new year. The President has given directions on what to do,” according to him.

On the agricultural programs of the administration, Malam Garba said that the President’s persistent calls for a return to farming is yielding good results. “The talk about agriculture has driven people to the farm. This year, there is a huge boom in the rural economy. We have witnessed an excellent harvest. Farmers are getting value for their output. What has encouraged farmers the more is the increasing availability of extension services. New farming techniques are helping farmers to do their occupation better. The readiness of off takers to buy the produce is also a major boost.

“When you put all these together with the systematic move to curb importation as a boost local production through the restriction of the available foreign exchange to critically important sectors of the economy, you have favorable environment for the diversification of the economy.

“As we speak, several of the country’s major manufacturing industries are actively backward-integrating- Nestle, Unilever, the breweries are looking what we have as local materials, changing their formulations to maintain production levels and keep their share of the market. Manufacturers who are hooked on import of raw materials are advised to re-strategize and take full advantage of local raw materials. The future belongs to those who employ the use of local raw materials,” concluded the spokesman.

Bayelsa Detects 5,000 Ghost Workers From Payroll

Bayelsa Government on Saturday said it had fished out 5,000 ghost workers from its payroll.

Dr David Ala-Peter, Chief Accountant, office of the Special Adviser, Bayelsa Treasury, Account and Revenue, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa.

He said the ghost workers were identified in the recent staff verification exercise, where more than 50,000 workers participated.

Ala-Peter said the exercise was aimed at identifying fake names to reduce the state’s wage bill.

“The panel has done well during the exercise. We use software of international standard; we use oracle software.

“The method used was very effective. We have established staff database; we captured both their fingerprints, dates of birth and their credentials.

“During the exercise, we verified more than 50,000 staff. Right now, we are operating with little above 45,000 workers.

“Right now in the state, names in the payroll cannot be duplicated as your fingerprint is only identical to you.”

He said the exercise had reduced the state’s wage bill, adding, “but I may not be able to ascertain the correct figure.”



Kwara detects 8863 ghost workers on payroll

A committee that audited the workforce of Kwara State has said it detected 8,863 ghost workers and pensioners on the payrolls of both the state and local governments.


The Personnel Database Development committee, which presented its report to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed at Government House, Ilorin on Monday, said the development could potentially save the state and its 16 local governments N437 million monthly.


Making the presentation, the alternate chairman of the committee, Isiaka Gold, said the 8,863 personnel did not appear for a staff biometric verification exercise carried out by the committee.


Mr. Gold, who is also the secretary to the state government, said the state and local governments had 81,446 workers and pensioners on their payrolls, but that only 72,583 of them were cleared by the exercise.


Giving a further breakdown of the report, Mr. Gold said that of the 35,656 workers on the state government payroll, only 31,652 were verified, leaving 4,004 unverified personnel.


He said out of the 45,790 workers and pensioners on the payrolls of the 16 LGs in the state, only 40,931 were verified, with 4,859 unverified.


The committee recommended that the verification exercise should be continuous and that the state government should implement a harmonized staff identification system, certificate verification and clock-in system, which will be deployed by a consultant at no cost to the government.


In his response, Governor Ahmed endorsed all the findings of the committee and directed the State Ministry of Finance to adopt the committee’s report to prepare the payroll of both the local and state government workers henceforth.


The governor, however, said that the ministry should warehouse the projected savings until it was ascertained that all workers and pensioners were verified.


Governor Ahmed thanked the consultant and members of the committee for the quality work done and expressed confidence that with the submission of the report, there would be an effective payroll administration at both the local and state levels.

FG Saves N20bn On Salaries Monthly After Fishing Out Ghost Workers

The Federal Government says it has been saving about N20 billion on salaries monthly since it began to fish out ghost workers.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, said this while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja on the sideline of a workshop on cost management.

The workshop was organised for Directors and top civil servants of Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) by the Efficiency Unit of the Ministry of Finance.

Isa-Dutse said that the drastic reduction in the cost of monthly wages was from N165 billion to N145 billion monthly.

He said this was done with the assistance of the Presidential Committee on Audit of MDAs. He said the committee had the responsibility of continuous auditing of MDAs’ salaries and wages.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Isa-Dutse had declared the workshop open on behalf of the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun when she said the present administration was interested in cutting costs and giving value for money spent.

She said that the main aim of the workshop was to sensitise public officials to cost and share with them some tools to manage the cost.

“It is basically to train on how, as a government, we can manage our cost better. It is not only imperative that we look at ways to generate more money for government, but at the same time we must also manage our cost more efficiently.

“As we have seen even though revenue has gone down in the last couple of years, expenditure, particularly overhead has not gone down correspondingly and that has created fiscal pressures for the government.

” What we are doing is to look at whatever ways we can to generate more savings for the government to be run more efficiently.

“We want the savings realised from the efficiencies to be channeled into higher priority areas like infrastructure and social welfare spending,’’ she said

Head of the Efficiency Unit, Mrs Patience Oniha, said that in the last one year that the unit was established, it had saved the government about N15 billion.

The savings, she said, were from overheads and reduction in excessive foreign travels and other allowances.

The Head of the Efficiency Unit added that more funds would be saved by consciously eliminating waste of government resources.

She also said that the unit was working on several other items to be added to the list of cost cutting items.



Ghost Workers: Cross River Commences Biometric Registration of Teachers

The Cross River State Government, on Wednesday said preparations were on top gear to commence the biometric registration of primary school teachers in the state.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in the state, Dr. Steven Odey, shortly after inspecting some primary schools in Calabar.

Odey told newsmen that the exercise aims at checkmating the ghost workers’ syndrome in the pay roll and ensure prompt payment of teachers’ salaries.

He said the exercise became imperative following a directive from the state’s governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, to the board.

The Chairman noted that the exercise was also meant to keep the state in line with international best practices in the educational sector, expressing optimism that it will help to boost her standard of education.

“There has been a lot of outcry about the non-payment of teachers’ salaries and to get out of this quagmire, the governor directed that SUBEB takes over such payment”

“Our focus is to ensure that we make the system function effectively”, he said.

Odey reiterated the government’s commitment to the recruitment of additional one thousand teachers in state, soonest.



Kwara Uncovers 1,071 Illegal Workers

he Kwara State government has declared that it lost N400 million monthly to One thousand and seventy one (1,071) illegal workers on its payroll in the last few months.

This was disclosed by Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Alhaji Musa Yeketi, at the book launch of the former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Shehu AbdulGafar.

Yeketi attributed the incident to dishonesty among civil servants, adding that appropriate actions were being taken against those culpable.

The state also announced that a new salary structure would be introduced for workers in the Local Government Councils in the state based on the findings of a panel on staff verification carried out in the 16 Local Government Council areas.

Alhaji Haruna Muhammad, the state’s Commissioner for Local Governments, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, made the announcement while speaking with newsmen in Ilorin.

He said that dwindling allocations from the federation account had affected local councils in their bids to carry out their statutory responsibilities adding that the problem backlog of salaries would be resolved as soon as the economy of the state improved.

“The panel had submitted its report to the State Government and it is due for consideration soon,” he said.

“The government would have loved to start the implementation in July but it’s constrained by time.

“What determines our salary is inflow from the federation account, by September, we will start a new salary regime that will reflect our findings.”

NLC Wants Ghost Workers’ Perpetrators Prosecuted

The Akwa Ibom chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called for the prosecution of all perpetrators of ghost workers syndrome in the nation’s public service.

Chairman of the council in the state, Mr Etim Ukpong, made the call in Uyo on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Ukpong decried that over the years, different tiers of government had complained of ghost workers but that no perpetrator of the act had been identified or punished.

He said that he would like to see the payroll officers and their supervisors prosecuted in the court and jailed if found culpable, to serve as deterrent to others.

Ukpong decried a situation where the government could not pay workers and pensioners promptly and regularly, because of bloated wage bill occasioned by ghost workers syndrome.

He expressed the hope that with the use of bank verification number and biometric capturing, the problem of ghost workers would be eliminated in Nigeria.

On non-payment of pensioners in the state, Ukpong regretted that primary school teachers, who retired in June, 2015, only got one month’s pension a year after.

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5000 Fresh Ghost Workers Uncovered In Fed. Civil Service- FG

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.

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Sokoto Uncovers 13,000 Ghost Workers In LGAs

Sokoto State Government said it has discovered no fewer than 12,915 ghost workers whose names were added into the payroll of the 23 Local Governments Areas of the state.

The State Commissioner for Local Governments and Community Development, Alhaji Mannir Dan-Iya, disclosed this at a media briefing in Sokoto.

“The Ministry, through the Monitoring Department and other stakeholders has concluded a local government junior staff verification of about 58,143 workers, comprising of scheduled and
unscheduled staff.

“The verification exercise has yielded a fruitful result, whereby about 12, 915 staff,comprising of
seat-at-home and ghost workers were fished out of the local governments staff payrolls.

“The state government has also saved over N319 million from the exercise, hence, it was a huge success.”

Dan-Iya further stated that the Ministry is planning to conduct a similar verification exercise of senior staff whose salaries are paid by the Ministry through their respective bank accounts.

The Commissioner also vowed that, the Ministry and the Local Governments Service Commission were collaborating to sanitize the payrolls of the local governments.

“Any official of the local governments or the ministry found to be wanting in this direction would be duly sanctioned. The ministry and the commission have beamed their searchlights on the various Departments of the 23 local governments, as well as the ministry, and anyone indicted would be sanctioned,” he added.

The Commissioner also said that issues that arose from the exercise mostly
associated with ”human error” were being addressed in collaboration
with the stakeholders.

Dan-Iya further explained that the ministry had successfully boosted
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FG Saves N185bn From IPPIS, Gets Rid Of 65,000 Ghost Workers

The Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr Joe Abah says the Federal Government has saved over N185 billion since the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

Abah said this while presenting the “Status Report of Reforms” at a five-day Specialised Reforms/SERVICOM Training Programme in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said a lot of remarkable reforms had taken place in the civil service, including removal of 65,000 ghost workers from IPPIS.

“We started off with a completely inaccurate and unreliable payroll system since we put IPPIS in 2007, government has saved in the region of N185 billion and weeded 65,000 ghost workers.

“Recently, the Work Efficiently Unit has seen the identification of another 23,000 people that were collecting multiple salaries.

“IPPIS has been a great success but it has some challenges and it has some weakness.

“One of the weaknesses is that as soon as BPE put in place IPPIS after piloting it for a couple of years, it was basically taken over by accountants and they started with payroll instead with the HCSC – Head of Civil Service Commission.

“It is possible to get on the payroll without being known by the Federal Civil Service Commission that is why we still have issue with IPPIS but we are working on that and we hoping that complete HCSC switch will come on board in July.’’

He said that BPE was also working with the Efficient Unit to ensure that the salaries were linked with the Bank Verification Numbers.

Abah said that the civil servants shouldn’t allow people to accuse them of not doing well, saying that some of the reforms were working in spite of challenges.

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EFCC Uncovers 37,395 Ghost Workers In Federal Civil Service- Magu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on Tuesday that the Federal Government had uncovered 37,395 ghost workers on the Federal Civil Service payroll and that the government lost about N1 billion to them.

The EFCC’s acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, made the disclosure during an anti-corruption sensitization programme organized by the commission for staff of works and housing sectors.

Mr. Magu said that apart from the widespread procurement frauds in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), the issue of ghost workers was a source of serious concern to the commission.

“EFCC has uncovered 37,395 ghost workers in the Federal Civil Service and investigation is still going on.

“Our investigations have so far revealed that the Federal Government has lost close to N1 billion to these ghost workers.

The figure will definitely increase as we unravel more ghost workers buried deep in Federal Civil Service payrolls.’’

Mr. Magu also explained that the commission had established a Procurement Fraud Unit in order to handle the increasing number of petitions relating to violations of the Public Procurement Laws.

He, therefore, advised civil servants to avoid any act that was in breach of public procurement, warning that violators risked terms of imprisonment and dismissal from service.

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Kano Discovers 7,629 Ghost Workers On Payroll- HoS

Kano State Government has discovered 7,629 “ghost workers” on its payroll, the state  Head of Service, Alhaji  Muhammad Awwal Naiya has announced.

Speaking at a press conference in his office, yesterday, he said the “ghost workers” were discovered following a Biometric Data Capture exercise which was conducted by a team of consultants hired by the state government.

The HoS, who described the exercise as on-going, said of 86,373 forms submitted to the consultants handling the exercise,  only 71,479 workers were captured while 7,629 purported to be workers had so far not appeared to be captured.

He disclosed that the workers, who did not show up for the exercise, despite being placed on several notices, were presumed to be non-existing until a contrary evidence emerged, adding that their names had, therefore been deleted from the state’s payroll with effect from this month.

With the removal of a total of 7,629 names from the state’s payroll, Naiya said the state government would be saving an estimated figure of N284 million on a monthly basis, adding that the saved money will be reallocated to other needs of the government.

Naiya also announced the discovery of 17 staff who were identified as collecting salaries from both the state Hospital Management Board and the Primary HealthCare Management Board respectively, resulting in an estimated monthly saving of N1,010,053.15.

He said the salaries of the affected staff had been removed from the payroll,  adding that they were following due process to ensure that the staff returned the excess payments that they had collected, after which they would be prosecuted.

He said that the state government was committed to reinvigorate the State Public Service to bring it in tandem with global best practices adding that the Data Capturing exercise initiated was one of the efforts undertaken to realize this goal.

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Nasarawa Discovers 1,600 Ghost Workers On Payroll

The Nasarawa State Government has discovered over 1,600 ghost workers on its payroll following the recent biometric data capture in the state.

Mr Idris Yakubu, the Executive Director (North), Skye Bank Plc, the consultancy company for the exercise, disclosed this on Wednesday in Lafia while presenting the report to Gov. Umaru Al-Makura.

Yakubu explained that the company was engaged to carry out the exercise in 2014 but security situation delayed the delivery on the job.

He said the purpose of the exercise was to verify the existence of all persons on the state government payroll, capture the basic and biometric details of all civil servants and eliminate the existence of ghost workers.’’

He added that the exercise was also aimed at producing a clean data base for payroll administration in the state.

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PDP Battles Ghost Workers, Pays Staff In Cash

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has detected ghost workers on its payroll after ordering the workers to line up and collect their salaries in cash.

Investigations by our correspondent showed that the precarious financial situation of the party forced its leadership to take the action.

It was gathered that the National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, was worried about the huge salary bill of the workers and decided to take action aiming at ascertaining the actual number of workers at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

Sheriff was said to have inherited about N872m debt when he assumed office about a month ago.

Worried by this, Sheriff was said to have taken members of the National Workers Committee by surprise when on Thursday he directed the workers to get their salaries in cash.

A management employee, who spoke with our correspondent on Sunday, said that they were surprised when they (the workers) were directed to assemble inside the National Executive Committee hall at the national secretariat.

He said, “Sheriff has started the restructuring of the PDP for efficient and effective performance.

“March 24 will ever be a day to remember in our party. On that day, as early as 11am, the NWC and members of  staff of the PDP, under the instruction of our national chairman, moved into the conference hall.

“The chairman also joined everyone in the hall. And to the surprise of all, the business of the day was the payment of staff salaries, which was done department after department.

“One after the other, after individual’s physical verification of each file and identity, thereafter you are then paid your salary in cash.”

The exercise was chaired by the national chairman who directed the National Treasurer, Mr. Buhari Bala, to call the workers by their departments.

Another management worker said, “Names of all the workers were called according to their departments and once you heard your name, you would come out to collect your salary by hand.

“This order was followed by the national treasurer and some employees of the Finance Department, who assisted him.

“All heads of departments were on the ground to observe the exercise.

“So, when a name was called, the person came out and his/her file was opened for verification before cash was paid to such a worker.

“And at about 6:30pm, the chairman left the hall to attend to other meetings, while the national treasurer continued to call the names of employees.

“In the absence of the national chairman, he called four departments, amongst them were the Youth Department and Security Department.”

Before calling the security staff on the list submitted, Bala was said to have complained that the list was too lengthy.

It was gathered that Bala realised during the payment that the security department had what he described as ghost workers and security personnel, as the names of policemen called were those who had left the service of the PDP immediately after the resignation of the then National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, about two years ago.

Some of the workers at the national secretariat had called on Sheriff to set up a panel to investigate those behind the scam.

One of them said, “The outcome of what happened on Thursday was an indication that salaries of those ghost workers were being collected by someone over the years.

Ghost workers were also discovered in the other departments.”

It was gathered that seven policemen, who had left the party more than two years ago, were still being paid.

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FG Uncovers Fresh 11,000 Ghost Workers

The Federal Government is currently working to expose another 11,000 ghost workers on its payroll in its second batch of staff audit.

This is coming shortly after the government deleted 23,000 ghost workers from its payroll and saving the nation N2.29bn per month.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday at the end of a meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

She was joined at the post-FEC briefing by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal.

The minister said her ministry was using what she called computer techniques to investigate the 11,000 affected cases.

She said as soon as the cases were resolved, Nigerians would be informed of the amount saved and the number of names removed again from the payroll.

Adeosun said, “On the issue of the ghost workers, of the 23,000 that we had removed, our payroll has reduced by N2.29bn per month.

“The update on that is that we are now investigating another potential 11,000.

“Again, we are using computer techniques to identify those who we need to investigate.

“So we are now looking at the second batch and as we resolve those cases, we will inform you of the amount saved and the number of people removed.”

The minister added that the FEC had approved what he called the presidential initiative on continuous audit of Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

Adeosun said the initiative would allow government to extend the work beyond payroll to other areas of expenditure.

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Kwara: Gov Ahmed Set To Weed Out Ghost Workers

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state has called for the verification of all staff in its payroll in order to detect ghost workers.


The verification will help increase its revenue to enable it clear salary debts and meet other financial obligations. Those to be audited will include the state civil servants, basic level teachers, local government workers and pensioners.


The governor disclosed this yesterday at a stakeholders’ meeting with leaders and supporters of the All Progressives Congress held in Ilorin, the state capital.


The governor, who blamed some workers for allegedly receiving multiple salaries for the current inability of Local Government Councils and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to pay workers’ salaries regularly, said the government was already collaborating with banks to use the Biometric Verification Number (BVN) to detect those collecting multiple salaries.


The governor announced that the new Internally Generated Revenue drive was yielding positive results, assuring workers that all outstanding salaries would be cleared before the end of next month.


On the proposed N20 billion bonds, Governor Ahmed said the process had reached advanced stage with the Security and Exchange Commission, Debt Management Office and the Federal Ministry of Finance in order to access the bond for capital projects.


Governor Ahmed also promised that his government would continue to meet its obligations despite the prevailing economic situation in the country.


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FG Deploys BVN To Track Ghost Workers- Adeosun

Federal Government yesterday said it had successfully completed a pilot programme which uses Bank Verification Number, BVN, details to check for ghost workers and identify duplicate and other irregular entries on the payroll.

A statement issued by the Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Finance, Marshall Gundu, indicated that the pilot project was initiated as a solution to the slow pace of progress being encountered in the enrollment of employees on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS

The statement stated that the strategy of using BVN rather than requiring the physical presence of each member of staff had significantly simplified and accelerated the progress of the project and at a lower cost than previously incurred.

“The use of BVN rather than requiring physical presentation as a first line check on the integrity of our payroll is a cost effective and efficient measure.

“This will accelerate the pace of enrollment on IPPIS as well as identify anomalies which can be flagged for further investigation and review,” Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, was quoted as saying in the statement.

According to the minister, since it was started five years ago, only 20 per cent of public employees had actually been enrolled onto IPPIS ?to date, due to various reasons.

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El Rufai Removes LG Treasurers, Orders Ghost Workers Fished Out

Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State on Monday removed all local government treasurers and Directors of Personnel Management (DPM) in the councils in the state.

The governor also directed the chairmen, caretaker committees for local government councils in the state to fish out “ghost workers” at all cost.

El-Rufa’i, who gave the directive while swearing in 23 local government caretaker chairmen, however, said the treasurers and DPMs would be reassigned.

The governor, who assured that the state government would no longer tamper with local council funds, ordered the caretaker chairmen to reside within their local governments or be removed.

He warned that henceforth, councils must operate within their means, stressing that the state government would no longer use funds meant for another local government to service others.

“If your internally generated revenue and federation account allocation cannot pay your salary, you must do what you need to do so as not to have more people than you need,” he said.

The governor directed the caretaker chairmen to work closely with the traditional institutions to tackle crime and violence in their areas.

He added that “as soon as you settle down, we want you to document all encroachments into public land.

“Any encroachment on school land, hospital and public institutions should be documented and report back to us within two weeks.

“This government will not accept encroachment into school or hospital land, it is our intention to reverse all those encroachments.”

El-Rufa’i said the state government had articulated and integrated rural and community development programmes under the Deputy Governor which all local councils must hook on to “in an interconnected and integrated manner.”

The governor also told the council bosses that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had identified 10 priority areas in each local government which they must concentrate on.

He advised them to set up water and sanitation departments in their areas to promote healthcare and to protect forests to ensure healthy environment and encourage use of sustainable energy.

He then urged local council officials to work for the collective interest of the people and eschew “any god father, ward, ethnic group or religious persuasion.”

NIMC: 406 Sacked Staff To Face Criminal Charges

Director General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr. Chris Onyemenam has revealed that 406 disengaged staff from the NIMC would be facing criminal charges as required by the constitution.

The Director General disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja where he also denied embezzling N30 billion meant for the production of the National Identity card.
According to him,

“It is not true that NIMC has planned to sack or retrench 1,000 workers. However 406 senior members of staff who falsified their service records and thus have been profiting from that fraud, have been formally reported to the appropriate offices for further action.

Embezzlement of N30 billion again is misunderstanding of the facts that has been
interpreted to suit the presenter’s purpose. In September 2011 government approved N30.066 billion from the procurement of cards and the accelerated expansion of the back end. And within budgetary constraints, we are very proud of the support we have received “

ThisDay adds that he revealed that the said money was meant for a period of three years and the commission had already received N17.2 billion out of the 30 billion, adding that N940 million was spent on the redundant staff sacked in 2012. The DG noted that:

 “Management has ensured that all annual accounts of the NIMC are audited and approved by the Board before submission to the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation as required by law.

It is also published on our website as part of an annual report on the NIMC for each year. The 2014 Accounts that has just been approved by the Board will be published shortly”.

Onyemenam disclosed further that it was not true that management planned to declare redundancy or undertake any retrenchment.

“Management has not behaved with impunity nor did it disobey any Court Orders. All due processes were followed and appropriate approvals obtained as necessary by NIMC Management in the discharge of its duties,” he noted.