President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday
evening, ordered the prosecution of over 11 persons, believed to be
members of a syndicate, responsible for the presence of 50,000 ghost
workers on the Federal Government’s payroll.
According to the Senior Special
Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who made
this known in a statement, said some of the suspects were already
He explained that the Efficiency Unit of
the Ministry of Finance, created by the present administration, was
able to uncover the 50,000 ghost workers, and saved the nation of N13
billion monthly, during the year.
The amount based on his submission, was taken off the government’s payroll from February to December.
He said, “The flagship programme of the
Muhammadu Buhari administration to rid the system of fraud and instill
good governance, is on course.
“Through a notable initiative, the
Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance, the government has
embarked on the continuous auditing of the salaries and wages of
“When the committee was constituted in
February 2016, Federal Government’s monthly salary bill was N151
billion, excluding pensions.
“Now, the monthly salary warrant is N138
billion, excluding pensions. Which means that the government is making a
monthly saving of about N13 billion. That is from February 2016, to
date,” the Presidential Spokesman said.
Concluding, Shehu added, that the
pension bill which was N15.5 billion monthly as of February, has now
been reduced to N14.4 billion.