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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IDPs Camp Bombing: Senate Asks Security Agencies To Hunt For Perpetrators

The Senate has asked security agencies in Nigeria to intensify the hunt for the perpetrators of the bomb attacks in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Yola and Madagali town.

In a motion on Tuesday, a federal lawmaker, Senator Ahmadu Abubakar, said terrorism in northern Nigeria had caused a humanitarian crisis, making Nigeria the country with the largest population of IDPs in Africa and one of the largest in the world.

On Friday September 11, 2015, suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group struck the camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Yola and Madagali in Adamawa State, killing several people.

The Senate also condemned the suicide bomb attack at a Jambutu Jummat Mosque also in Yola, Adamawa State which killed 40 people and injured over one hundred.

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