Not less than 22 ghost schools (primary) have been discovered in the Chanchaga Local Government Area of Niger State during a staff audit ordered by the Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Inuwa Adamu Fuka. The investigations showed that the state loses a whopping sum of N76 million monthly to these schools.
Some of the ‘ghosts’ schools were located in Minna, the capital of the state. Names of some of the schools are Kurmin Sarki Primary School (located in the low cost area of the state capital), Angwan Gaya Model Primary School, Awal Ibrahim Primary School, Bagudu Waziri Primary School, as well as Rabah Kede Primary School.
Following the discovery, Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Adamu Fuka, has directed that all the ‘ghost’ schools and head teachers’ salaries be stopped until the audit team had completed its assignment and submitted a report to the council.
It was also discovered that in addition to the ‘ghost’ schools and head teachers, some senior staff of the local government, who either had been transferred to the State’s Ministry for Local Government or were retired, still drew their salaries, at least, up to the end of April this year.
Part of the shocking discovery, according to the investigation, is a level 5 staff of the local government that was drawing the salary of a level 15 officer. Also, an employee who withdrew his appointment to join the Federal Government parastatal still had his name on the pay roll and was collecting his salary monthly until April.
Governor Alhaji Abubakar Bello, had earlier in the month complained of his inability to pay workers. Bello who spoke to newsmen shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa said his government as at May ending was indebted to the tune of N3 billion, adding that the state government had been borrowing from banks since January to augment whatever came as Federal allocation.