COMMITTEE handling the screening and verification exercise of civil servants in Kogi State, has uncovered 3000 accounts operated by ghost workers. Chairman of the screening exercise, Brig-Gen Paul Okutimo (retd), who announced this yesterday in Lokoja at a briefing, said the committee discovered N20 million being siphoned every month by top civil servant handling the state pension scheme.
Okutimo said: “I promised from the onset that no worker in the state would be unjustly screened out of work. The move is to sanitize the system and ensure that only genuine workers are paid with the state’s resources. From the exercise we discovered that those cabals operate 3000 accounts for ghost workers. One of them operates 63 different accounts, while another has 23 accounts. Some of them use their ATM from ‘diaspora’ while some just get the employment on political patronage and will not come to work but get engaged in others activities. Read more