Kaduna State Government has uncovered a pension racket that costs the state N1.3 billion annually and involves 2,484 ghost pensioners.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai disclosed this after a report on verification of pensioners in the state was presented to him at the state executive council meeting yesterday.
A statement signed by the governor’s media aide, Samuel Aruwan, said that the state executive council has ordered investigations to identify the person(s) that have been collecting pensions of the ghost pensioners.
According to the statement, “the Kaduna State Government has announced that it has uncovered a pension racket that costs the state N1.3 billion annually. This was one of the highlights of the report on the verification of pensioners in the state that has been presented to the state executive council.
“The report confirmed that 2,484 ghost pensioners were identified and removed from the pension payroll. Another set of 1,404 were classified as probable ghost pensioners because while they managed to get verified, they curiously failed to pick their pension cheques.
“In July, the total pension payroll from the state and local governments stood at 18,265. It cost the state government N543, 771,967.43 monthly to pay them. But at the end of the biometric verification exercise, only 15,781 pensioners were verified. As many as 2,484 supposed pensioners did not show up at all. Out of 15,781 pensioners that were verified, 1,404 did not collect their cheques and they are being treated as probable ghosts.’’

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