BVN: FG uncovers 23,306 ghost workers on payroll

BVN: FG uncovers 23,306 ghost workers on payroll

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The Federal Government has uncovered 23,306 ghost workers on its payroll with federal civil servants and banks cashing in on the scam.

Indications emerged yesterday night that a special team constituted by the Federal Government uncovered cases of multiple salary payments with the active connivance of civil servants and some banks.

They have reportedly been identified and marked down for thorough investigation, it was learnt.

Consequently, the government is said to have embarked on a process of investigating and removing civil servants already identified in the scam from its payroll, although unconfirmed reports also indicated that some of those affected have begun to resign their appointments as a pre-emptive measure against humiliation at the end of the investigation.

Another source said out of the 312,306 civil servants whose bank accounts have so far been checked through the Bank Verification Number (BVN) platform, “23,306 individuals have issues with their accounts.

“With the adoption of the BVN for salary payment, the Federal Ministry of Finance has so far checked the details of about 312,000 civil servants,” a development said to have led to the discovery of a high level of irregularities in salary payment.

He explained further: “Out of the accounts of about 312,000 civil servants processed so far, the ministry has uncovered irregularities in the account of about 23,306 civil servants. They are suspected to have been collecting double salaries.

“These individuals are in two categories. In the first group, we found out that the names of some civil servants, whose salaries are being processed, are different from the names on the accounts where their salaries are paid. What this means is either those in this category are drawing salary from two sources (which could be different parastatals), or they are ghost workers.”

He also added that an initial investigation showed that salaries were being paid into some inactive accounts, thus raising the suspicion that government was merely making payment to ghost workers.

In a related development, the Federal Government is said to have placed some banks under watch over their roles in the salary scam.

For instance, the probe team was said to have discovered that some of these inactive accounts were domiciled in a particular branch of a bank.

He refused to give the location and branch of the bank.
According to the source, the committee investigating the matter discovered that in a particular branch of a bank, over 300 accounts of some civil servants were opened on the same day and all of them have become dormant.

Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance on Media Matters, Mr. Festus Akanbi, declined comments when contacted.
Recently, Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said some top civil servants in the ministry were dismissed for collecting N400,000 each from 400 people whose names were then included in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel System (IPPIS).

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