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Fighting corruption: Nigeria rids federal payroll of 50K nonexistent ‘ghost workers’

Fighting corruption: Nigeria rids federal payroll of 50K nonexistent ‘ghost workers’

“Nigeria’s government claims it has taken a “huge” step in the fight against costly corruption by ridding the federal payroll of 50,000 fraudulent wages that go to “ghost” employees who do not exist.

Just over 18 months into Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency and a year since an”efficiency unit”  was set up to audit government finances, 50,000 “ghost workers” have reportedly been removed from the state payroll.

The issue refers to people creating aliases or false names to wrongly claim payments from public service departments.

As a result, according to Nigeria’s government spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the country stands to make a “huge” saving of 200 billion Nigerian naira ($644 million) this year.

Source: Fighting corruption: Nigeria rids federal payroll of 50K nonexistent ‘ghost workers’

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