President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday evening, ordered the prosecution of over 11 persons, believed to be members of a syndicate, responsible for the presence of 50,000 ghost workers on the Federal Government’s payroll.
According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who made this known in a statement, said some of the suspects were already undergoing trial.
He explained that the Efficiency Unit of the Ministry of Finance, created by the present administration, was able to uncover the 50,000 ghost workers, and saved the nation of N13 billion monthly, during the year.
The amount based on his submission, was taken off the government’s payroll from February to December.
He said, “The flagship programme 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 committee was constituted in February 2016, Federal Government’s 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,” the Presidential Spokesman said.
Concluding, Shehu added, that the pension bill which was N15.5 billion monthly as of February, has now been reduced to N14.4 billion.