Niger State LG  Uncovers 134 Ghost Workers 

Niger State LG  Uncovers 134 Ghost Workers 

Over 134 ghost workers have been discovered in Lapai Local Government Council  in Niger state.

This follows a recent  staff verification  exercise by the council.

Chairman of the local government council, Alhaji Muazu Jantabo mentioned  that over N50m, alleged to be diverted monthly  was saved after the exercise.

Jantabo stated   this during  an interaction by the media  in Minna the state Capital.

He said, ” We found out  the fraud   was perpetrated through the duplication of Bank Verification Numbers BVN , sharing of bank accounts as well as usage of fake academic certificates”.

added Jantabo
  ” We discovered that some staff were  paid salaries above their grade levels.

“Major culprits in the scam were primary school teachers and a few in the Primary Health Care Department”.

The Lapai local government Chairman  further accused the State Universal Basica Education Board NSUBEB of not promptly paying teachers salaries even after  early remittance from various local government councils  to the Board.

“The August salary remitted to the Board which the management initially denied receiving was paid after   several weeks of outcry by teachers”.

” NSUBEB should be probed by the state government because we discovered that the organization spends salaries of teachers to service its debts instead of paying the workers at the right time,” Jantabo said.

The Local government embarked on the staff auditing following the partial autonomy granted to  councils  which has created paucity  of funds in carrying out activities  of some Local government in the state  including payment of staff salaries as and when due.

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Niger State LG  Uncovers 134 Ghost Workers 

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