An audit panel set up by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State to conduct
staff audit bio metric capturing exercise in the seventeen local government councils in the state has discovered a total of”Ž three thousand, nine hundred and sixteen (3,916) ghost workers in the system.
Presenting the report to the governor yesterday, the chairman of the panel and the Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi also disclosed that a total of one hundred and sixty one million, four hundred and ninety four thousand, five hundred and seventy naira (N161, 494, 570) only, found to be the difference in
the wage bill after the exercise, had been saved.
Giving a breakdown of the figures, Ubosi said; “from the above, the sum of (N64, 882, 033) sixty four million, eight hundred and eighty
two thousand, thirty three naira, and Ninety six million, six hundred and twelve thousand, three hundred and thirty seven naira, twenty kobo
(N96, 612, 337.20) only, from local government staff gross salaries and teacher salaries respectively should be regarded as monthly
Governor Ugwuanyi who received the report commended the audit panel for a job well done, saying it will go a long way in helping the state government in the on-going efforts to track down ghost workers in the”Ž state public service.
The committee made a total of 26 recommendations for consideration by the government, among which is the removal of all those staff in the system found out to have falsified their ages those in capacitated by ill health, those employed contrary to the rule f civil service and those found to be impersonators in the system.
It also recommended that more teachers be engaged in the primary schools in the state.
The committee also suggested general posting of local government staff after the bio metric capturing exercise to re-engineer more discipline in the system.