Nigeria removes 50,000 ‘ghost workers’ from State payroll

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Print this page Email A Friend!




ABUJA, Nigeria (AFP) —Nigeria has struck off 50,000 "ghost workers" from the State payroll this year, saving nearly 630 million euros, the presidency said yesterday.

The office of President Muhammadu Buhari who was voted into power last year, vowing to stamp out endemic graft in Africa’s most populous country, said 11 people were undergoing probes in this connection and some of them were on trial.


"The Federal Government payroll has been rid of 50,000 ghost workers, saving the country a huge amount of 200 billion naira," spokesman Garba Shehu said.


"The flagship programme of the Muhammadu Buhari Administration, to rid the system of fraud and instill good governance, is on course," it said.


Last week, the Nigerian Government promised to protect and hand out hefty rewards to whistle-blowers who could be entitled to between 2.5 and five per cent of funds recovered from information they provide about corruption.


Buhari has repeatedly accused the Government of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan of a "mind-boggling" looting of the treasury.


Dozens of prominent members of the Jonathan regime, including ministers, politicians and relatives, have been charged with graft.


Several senior judges face charges of fraud, bribery and money laundering.



Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT