Corruption: Ekiti loses N400m yearly to ghost workers in LGs - Fayemi declares

Corruption: Ekiti loses N400m yearly to ghost workers in LGs - Fayemi declares

- No fewer than 362 ghost workers have been discovered in Ekiti state

- This was disclosed on November 3, by the state commissioner for local government, Prof. Adio Folayan

- The commissioner said that a probe panel was set up to identify genuine workers in the state

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Governor Kayode Fayemi-led government in Ekiti state has uncovered the payment of N20 million monthly as salary for 362 ghost workers in local governments.

The Nation reports that this was disclosed by the commissioner for local government and community development, Prof. Adio Folayan, while presenting a state staff verification committee report to Governor Fayemi in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, November 3. gathered that the committee was set up by the government to audit the local government staff towards identifying those who are genuine or fake workers.

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Ekiti govt uncovers 362 ghost workers in LGs
Governor Kayode Fayemi speaking during an interview on Channels TV. Credit: Twitter/Kayode Fayemi.
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He said:

”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.
”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."

The commissioner said there is a need for the councils’ heads of the department to start enforcing discipline.

Folayan further stated:

"They must introduce schedules of duties to their officers so that errant officers would be punished for any infraction."

In his reaction, Fayemi expressed gratitude to members of the committee for their dedication and promised to look into the recommendations for immediate implementation. (NAN)

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that the Oyo state House of Assembly on Tuesday, November 3, announced the suspension of 13 caretaker chairmen across the local government areas and local council development areas across the state.

It was reported that the affected council areas are Akinyele East LCDA, Ido LG; Oluyole LG, Ibadan North East LG, Lagelu West LCDA, Soro LCDA and Ogbomosho Central LCDA.

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