An audit panel appointed by the Enugu State government has discovered a total of 3,916 ghost workers in the local government councils in Enugu State.
The shocking discovery followed a staff audit conducted in the 17 local government councils of the state by the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-led administration.
The audit verified the number of workers, including teachers employed in all the local government councils of the state.
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Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, had shortly after assuming office in 2015, set up an audit panel to verify the workforce of the local councils.
Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Edward Ubosi presented the panel’s report to the governor on Wednesday.
According to the Speaker, the committee discovered the over 3000 ghost workers, saving the state the sum of N161.4m from the monthly wage bill of the state government.
Enugu State Uncovers Over 3000 Ghost Workers
Governor Ugwuanyi commended the audit panel for a job well done.
He noted that the findings made in the local councils would go a long way in helping the state government in its ongoing effort to track down ghost workers in the state public service.
The audit panel made a total of 26 recommendations for consideration by the state government.
Specifically, the committee recommended the dismissal of all the workers found to have falsified their age, as well as those incapacitated by ill health.
Also, workers employed contrary to the engagement rules of the civil service, and those found to be impersonators have been earmarked for dismissal.
However, the panel also recommended that more teachers be recruited in the primary schools in the state.
The committee also suggested a general reposting of local government staff in order to engender discipline in the system.