ghost workersManaging Director of one
the first generation banks, some
top directors in the federal
civil service as well as top
management staff of a pension
commission are in deep trouble
over alleged complicity in the
over bloated salary profile of civil
servants.
Those affected, who are
allegedly being investigated
by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission and other
anti-graft agencies, were said to
have been linked to the ghost
workers recently discovered in
the civil service.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday learnt
that the federal government
was dismayed that its effort
to eliminate ghost workers
in its payroll through the
Integrated Payroll Personnel
Information System, IPPIS,
was not only frustrated but
seriously compromised with the
aid of some banks working in
connivance with some directors
in the federal civil service.
In one instance, it was learnt
that an individual from one of the ministries opened a salary
account for 3000 workers, using
same name while another using
a convenience of a hotel room
had in conjunction with a senior
staff of one of the banks opened
salary accounts for thousands of
ghost workers.
Already, the Ministry of
Finance has discovered that no
fewer than 23,000 ghost workers
were discovered in the core
ministries while a lot more than
are suspected to have been found
out in the federal agencies and
parastatals, a development that
forced the Minister of Information
and National Orientation,
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to raise
alarm that the IPPIS had been
compromised.
According to the minister,
the federal government has
instituted a machine to refine
the IPPPIS and ensure that it is
redesigned and made to function
to the desired expectation of the
government.
Minister of Finance, Ms Kemi
Adeosun, had blown the lip
on the salary scam in the civil
service while defending her
ministry’s 2016 budget before the
Senate Committee on Finance.
The minister had revealed that
though the Bank Verification
Number, BVN, and IPPIS had
helped the federal government
to discover 23,000 ghost workers
in the civil service, a lot still
needed to be done to totally
stamp out padded federal wage
bill through use of ghost workers
by some directors.
Also, the federal government,
according to sources, is worried
that the pension commission
has continued to remain a
fertile ground for financial
scam. It would be recalled the
commission had been embroiled
in a mess following the discovery
that some senior officials had
deeped their hands into the
tilt and corruptly enriched
themselves from the pension
proceeds of workers.
Though the EFCC had wielded
into the matter, nothing concrete
has been achieved since neither
the top staff implicated in the
case had been judiciously made
to pay for the alleged crime nor
has the trend been halted.
Accordingly, the federal
government is set to re-open the
case in addition to prosecuting
new cases which are currently
being investigated. It was in the
light of these that the Director-
General of the National Pension
Commission, Chinelo Anohu-
Amazu, was summoned to the
Minister of Finance for some
discussions, on Thursday.
The Special Adviser to
the Minister of Finance on
Media Matters, Festus Akanbi,
confirmed the development
by admitting that investigation
into the potential 23,000 ghost
workers in the Federal Civil
Service was ongoing and that
various investigative agencies,
including the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission,
had been briefed on the matter.
But he declined further comment


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  • vic

    MR BUHARI AS I TOLD YOU BEFORE ALL PENCOM STAFF ARE ROTTEN, ARE EXTENSION OF CORRUPT JONATHAN AND NEED TO BE SACKED HENCEFORTH. THEY ARE ALL A RING OF FRAUD AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH.

    MR BUHARI SACK THEM, NOW IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO START FROM A CLEAN SLATE. AS YOU KNOW, OLD AGE PENSIONERS HAVE SUFFERED IMMENSELY IN THE HANDS OF THESE CORRUPT AND FRAUDULENT PENCOM OFFICIALS. START SACKING FROM THE TOP TO BOTTOM. CLEAN THIS ROTTEN CORRUPT LOT TO MOVE NIGERIA FORWARD. THANK YOU.

  • vic

    EFCC CHAIRMAN, MR MAGU, THE COUNTRY’S OLD AGE PENSIONERS ARE CRYING OUT FOR YOU TO DEAL WITH THE FRAUDULENT PENCOM WHICH HAS DONE SO MUCH HARM AND DAMAGE TO OLD AGE PENSIONERS BY COLLABORATING CORRUPTLY WITH THE PAST CLUELESS CORRUPT PRESIDENT JONATHAN IN LOOTING THE PENSION FUNDS OF PENSIONERS. AS A RESULT, THE PENSION FUNDS THAT WAS MEANT FOR THE PAYMENT OF HARMONIZED PENSION ARREARS AND OTHER PENSION BENEFITS WERE SINGLE HANDEDLY LOOTED BY JONATHAN IN COLLABORATION WITH PENCOM FOR FIGHTING 2015 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AND THE PENSIONERS DENIED THEIR LEGITIMATE PENSION ARREARS PAYMENTS FOR THE PAST MORE THAN 5 YEARS ALTHOUGH THE LIST OF UNPAID PENSIONERS HAS BEEN LYING WITH THE PENCOM, THE ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION AND THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE BUDGET OFFICE IN ABUJA SINCE 2013. UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCE, MR MAGU, YOU MUST HOLD PENCOM RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS HEARTLESS PENSION CRIMINALITY BY SACKING EVERYONE FROM PENCOM FOR COLLABORATION WITH CORRUPT JONATHAN RESULTING IN NON-PAYMENTS OF PENSION ARREARS TO PENSIONERS AND BRING IN NEW SET OF PEOPLE AT PENCOM WHO WILL MAKE SPEEDY PAYMENTS OF ALL PENSION ARREARS TO COUNTRY’S PENSIONERS. MR MAGU, PENCOM IS A BIG SCAM, PLEASE GET RID OF THEM NOW, THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME AND THE BEST OPPORTUNITY NOW. THIS REMNANT OF CORRUPT JONATHAN MUST BE CLEANSED THOROUGHLY NOW.

    MORE POWER TO YOUR OFFICE TO FIGHT INJUSTICE AND CORRUPTION IN THE COUNTRY. I WANT TO TELL YOU. MR MAGU, YOU ARE ALREADY MAKING YOUR IMPACT ON THE NATION BY RIDDING NIGERIA OF ALL CORRUPT PEOPLE WHICH NO ONE ELSE HAS DONE SO FAR.