by Isi Esene
Talk about getting your reward in heaven!
A recently concluded staff audit of the Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB) reveal that some teachers who died 15 years ago still receive monthly payment from the government.
The chairman screening committee for Lafia Local Government Education Authority, Alhaji Abubakar Gada Mohammed, lamented that the practice of servicing ghost-workers contributes substantially to the financial bleeding of the government with the diversion of funds which would have been otherwise utilized for projects with direct impacts on the people.
Mohammed disclosed that over N83.2mn is used monthly for the payment of the teachers thereby depriving the local government of funds for projects that could have direct bearing on the people.
The screening committee chairman said at the commencement of the screening exercise last week, the Education Secretaries of Lafia Local Government Education Authority and his counterparts from Lafia East and Lafia North Development Areas had been frustrating its efforts to ascertain the actual number of teachers on their pay-rolls.
According to him, the education secretaries locked up the offices where teachers files were kept, a situation which led to the forceful breaking of the doors to enable the committee members have access to the files.
Mohammed reportedly accused the Education Secretaries of “printing fake appointment letters to non-teachers to come forward and claim the salaries of those who died 10-15 years ago and we discovered such people.
The Education Secretaries and other officials of education department of Lafia Local Government Education Authority ran away from the exercise as even the paying cashier was nowhere to be found,” he added.
Watch it! The audit ghost-busters are in town.