Benue State Government yesterday said it had uncovered 14,000 ghost workers out of the 29, 600 members of staff on the payroll of the 23 local government areas in the state. Of the 29,600 staff, only 16,000 were discovered to have genuine letters of employment. This startling finding was contained in the interim report on Local Government Salary Automation Exercise carried out by the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. On the sideline of this, about 85,000 rural dwellers have benefitted from the Kwara State Community Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) from 2007 to date.
Special Adviser to Governor Gabriel Suswam on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Solomon Wombo, gave the figure of the ghost workers during a meeting with local government chairmen. He lamented that the report also revealed that under-aged children of 12 years also appeared for the screening and wondered how they were employed. Wombo said that a joint committee would be sent out to verify and confirm the authenticity of the report for onward presentation to the governor, and cautioned the chairmen to resist the temptation to carry out new employment especially now that their tenures were getting to an end.