Following the discovery of ‘ghost’ workers within the presidency, the Federal Government has taken step to get to the root of the matter as it submits names of those involved to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation and prosecution.
The Media Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Festus Akanbi, disclosed this on Sunday.
“The ministry has sent the list of those involved in the ‘ghost’ workers scam to the EFCC and they (EFCC’s operatives) are the ones investigating the matter.”
Although, some of those indicted in the ‘ghost’ workers scam were already charged to court, their prosecution is being delayed due to the ongoing court recess.
It would be recalled that the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit had last week found discrepancies in the payroll of the Federal Government’s Ministries, Agencies and Departments to the tune of N5.7 billion monthly.
The Head of the Continuous Audit Team, Mohammed Dikwa, had told journalists in Kano on the sidelines of the two-day National Revenue Retreat, organised by the Ministry of Finance that the amount was the true state of their findings as of June 30, 2016.
President Buhari had set up the Continuous Audit Team to look into the finance of Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
And according to Dikwa,
“The Continuous Audit Team plans to conduct regular checks on the control and risk assessment of MDAs. We look at the records that are being kept to ensure transparency and accountability of the financial transactions carried over time.
“In terms of ‘ghost’ workers, we have found about 43,000 ghost workers so far and as of May 30, we had N4.2 billion that is saved on a monthly basis.”