Thursday, 10 March 2016


The Federal Government on Wednesday, announced that it had discovered another 11,000 ghost workers, with President Muhammadu Buhari decreeing that a routine audit of all ministries, agencies and parastatals be done.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun disclosed this while briefing journalists after the Federal Executive Council’s meeting held at the Presidential Villa, stating that the audit was aimed at eliminating waste from the system.

According to her, “In the budget speech, the president said that we would introduce a continuous audit process, particularly of payroll and already that work has resulted in the elimination of about 23,000 fraudulent recipients of federal salary and more work is still ongoing.

“We felt that the continuous audit work should not just be limited to payroll, there is actually need to strengthen internal audit across government and to that extent, the World Bank had in 2010 started an initiative to try and introduce real-space internal audit in Nigeria, but it wasn’t successful,” Adeosun further said.

Speaking on the issue of ghost workers, the Finance Minister said, “On the issue of the ghost workers, of the 23,000 that we have removed from our payroll and 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 would inform you of the amount saved and the number of people removed.‎”

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