Payroll Scam: Niger uncovers 2,000 ghost workers

Justina Asishana – Minna

The Niger State Salary Management Committee found that 603 people posing as civil servants have yet to come to the surface while the Committee makes its final submission.

This comes after the board discovered over 2,000 illegal workers in the state’s workforce.

The chairman of the committee, who is also the commissioner for works and infrastructure development, engineer Ibrahim Panti, revealed on Thursday during a briefing after the executive council in the government.

He said, “After conducting a final check to further check staff on government payrolls, we found that 2,764 have different names, using different banks with the same BVN that receive salaries.

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“The committee’s report was out of 26,000 set benchmarks, and only 23,624 were cleared and cleared to qualify as civil servants.”

Panti further explained that there are currently 191 unresolved cases, while 477 workers have been put on hold because they could not present the first letter of employment and other documents.

He said several million had been reimbursed for spending some fictitious expenses in ministries, agencies and departments (MDAs).