In a bid to halt financial leakages in the system, the Ekiti State Government has uncovered 362 ghost workers in the local government areas payroll.
This was made known by the Chairman, Committee on local government staff verification and Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Prof. Adio Folayan, while submitting its report to Governor Kayode Fayemi on Wednesday.
Naija News recalls that the Ekiti government had earlier set up a committee to investigate the issue of ghost workers in local governments.
While submitting its report, Prof. Folayan said the state loses the sum of N19.3 million to the absentees on the council’s nominal payroll on monthly basis.
According to the Commissioner, the amount represents salaries and emoluments drawn monthly by 362 ghost workers discovered in the just concluded verification exercise.
Speaking during the presentation, Gov Fayemi noted that the money recovered into the state coffer from the ghost workers would be channeled to other government obligations to make life better for the people of the state.
He said “This is a matter we need to look into, you can’t sit in Lagos and be earning salaries in Ekiti for work you have not done. But it is our duty to stop that from happening, it is not the duty of the person that is cheating the system.
“The resources available to us is limited, we all know this, some pretend not to know but anyone that has a limited knowledge of government finances will know that already we spent a bulk of what comes to this state on emolument and we have many people who are not public servants or political appointees, yet they too expect that government will touch their lives. The only way we can touch their lives is to fix the road in their community, improve on their schools and their health facilities and that would provide empowerment for them in their community, if we can’t find money to do that.
“After this exercise the Committee said they saved N19.2M on a monthly basis, imagine where that will go. N19.2M on a monthly basis is almost N400M on an annual basis that is coming back to the coffers of the State. That will build two schools conveniently of the type that we have just built. It will meet the obligations that we have to workers in certain areas that are in dire needs of recruitment of workers whether they are health workers or teachers.”
Source: Naija News