Ekiti loses N20m monthly to 362 ghost workers

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THE Ekiti State Government today said it had uncovered the payment of N20 million monthly as salary for 362 ghost workers in local governments.

The  Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development, Prof. Adio Folayan, disclosed this while presenting a State Staff Verification Committee report to Governor Kayode Fayemi in Ado Ekiti.

The state government had set up the committee to audit the local government staff towards identifying those who are genuine or fake workers.

According to Folayan, further screening by the committee revealed that only 362 workers out of the initial figure were clarified to be on the government payroll as of June 2019.

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”The committee recommends that all illegal salaries so far earned by the affected workers should be deducted from their pension and gratuity.

It also recommended that all involved should be prosecuted for fraud, along with anyone or persons identified to be their accomplices,” he said.

The commissioner also emphasised the need for the councils’ Heads of Department to start enforcing discipline.

”They must introduce schedules of duties to their officers so that errant officers would be punished for any infraction,” he said.

Fayemi, expressed gratitude to members of the committee after receiving their report;  promising to look into the recommendations for immediate implementation

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