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FG Removes 23,846 Ghost Workers From Payroll Saves N2.29BN Monthly,

President Muhammadu Buhari

The Federal Ministry of Finance says it saves the Federal Government N2.29 billion monthly since December 2015 by eliminating 23,846 ghost workers from its payroll.

This is contained in a statement on Sunday in Abuja by Mr Festus Akanbi, Special Adviser, Media, to the Minister of Finance.

It stated that the salary bill for February 2016 had reduced by N2.293 billion when compared to December 2015.

According to the ministry, the figure represents a percentage of the number of non-existing workers who had hitherto been receiving salary from various ministries, departments and agencies.

According to the statement, its findings are made possible due to ongoing Bank Verification Number (BVN) staff audit and enrollment to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

It stated that the findings showed that some civil servants' salaries were not consistent with the names linked to the accounts into which their salaries were paid.

It stated that some individuals in this category were either receiving salary payments from multiple sources, parastatals or they were non-existent workers.

It stated that the suspected cases of ghost workers were further being investigated in conjunction with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

"The Federal Government is also taking actions to pursue recovery of salary balances in bank accounts as well as any pension contributions in respect of the deleted workers.

"This involves active collaboration with the concerned banks and the National Pension Commission (Pencom).

"The Federal Government, in its efforts to reduce personnel cost, is determined to continue the verification programme on a regular periodic basis," it stated.

"The ongoing exercise, which is part of the cost-saving and anti-corruption agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, is key to funding the deficit in the 2016 budget.

"This is because savings made will ultimately reduce the amount to be borrowed," it stated.

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