The recent employee verification exercise done on civil servants resulted in a savings of N1.2 billion, according to Benue State Governor Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia.
On Friday, at an Extraordinary Stakeholders Meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, the Governor made the announcement.
Infostride News readers may remember that on Thursday, the state administration disclosed that a total of roughly 2,500 “ghost workers” had been discovered in the state’s 23 LGAs.
The governor announced during Friday’s meeting that some fraudulent activities were found and removed from the state’s payroll after the first part of the verification exercise was completed successfully.
“After the initial forensic process for the school and government offices, we found and fired over 2500 ghost employees. This resulted in a savings of N1.2 billion for the government, he said.
He said that the government had reduced the N1.6 billion that had been allocated to “ghost schools” and “ghost workers” to the current level of N800 million.
In addition, he declared that alerts regarding teachers’ wages, which had been delayed for two months due to the audit, had begun to be sent out.
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