They have found 43,000 ghosts in Nigeria’s security agencies


According to the Head of the Continuous Audit team of the Federal Government, Mohammed Dikwa, about 43,000 ghost workers have been discovered in the payroll of security agencies in the country.

Dikwa revealed this yesterday in a meeting with the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and the heads of para-military agencies in Abuja.

Dikwa said the audit of the security agencies has saved the country up to N50 billion.

President Mohammadu Buhari had instituted the Continuous Audit team to probe the payroll of all Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

Following the directive, the team had began auditing the payroll of the Military and enrolled them on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

Dikwa said, “Since we started the continuous audit programme, we have saved about N50 billion and over 43,000 ghost workers have been removed from the payroll of the federal government.

“And as we go on, we are very sure that we will continue to reduce the cost of federal government payroll.

“Please note the cost is not related to ghost workers alone but with allowances which we believe have to be trimmed down so that we can manage the cost of governance.”

Dikwa also revealed that officers from the account departments of all the para-militray agencies are currently undergoing training on IPPIS and the Government Management Information System.

He said the plan is to have all the agencies enrolled on the IPPIS and GIFMIS at the end of the month once the training was completed.

Also, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said the audit of the para-military payroll would major on the payment of non-regular allowances to security personnel which she noted created ways for people to steal within the system.

“The president has given the directive that all ministries and agencies of the Federal Government be enrolled on the IPPIS latest December, 2016.

“This meeting is to discuss the modalities of how this will be achieved; specifically, there are number of allowances described as the non-regular allowances.

“We have to make sure that these non-regular allowances are paid directly to those who are serving. And the best way to do that is through an automated system.

“This system will be linked to BVN so the money is going to specific individuals rather than being diverted elsewhere.

“Whoever is paid irregular allowances for hazard, risk or other extraneous factors, it is important that the money gets to them.

“The people taking the risk should be paid, otherwise the service they are expected to render will be in jeopardy.”

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