Kogi state Staff Review and Complaint Committee said it has uncovered 18,471 ghost workers and unintended beneficiaries in the state civil service and pension.
Committee Chairman, Yakubu Okala, disclose this while presenting the final screening report in Lokoja the state capital.
In his report, he noted that the unintended beneficiaries have gulped over 2.6 billion Naira from the state government every month and also discovered quite a number of minors in the state and local government pay rolls, while some were earning double salaries from the state government’s purse.
In his remark, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello commended the committee for a work well done and promised to implement all the committee’s recommendation.
He also promised to engage those who would no longer be included in the state pay roll.
The committee was set up on July 26, 2016 by Governor Yahaya with the mandate of coming with a recommendation that would “re-position the state civil service and public service for optimal performance a nd to subject to scrutiny the list of staff that have been adjudged, identified and authenticated by the screening and verification committee.
Also “to receive complaints from staff and determine the genuineness or otherwise of their complaints to determine and set out criteria for accessing thoroughness among others.”