GOVERNOR OF Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has said he is not afraid of losing election but out to eradicate ghost worker- syndrome in the state. Apparently referring to the various election cases, which he won but presently awaiting the Supreme Court final judgment on his candidacy, the governor said he was out to rid the state of ghost workers and bring life back to Kogi notwithstanding the outcome of his election results. According to him, the
ghost workers syndrome in Kogi state has degenerated into an unacceptable and worrisome height since the last two administrations in the state. He stated that for possible fear of losing election and a second term bid, his two predecessors, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris and Captain Idris Wada did not implement the reports of the screening exercise carried out to wield out ghost workers. Speaking in Abuja, Kogi State Commissioner of Finance and
Economic Development, Asiwaju Ashiru Idris, explained that it was the fear of losing election and a second term bid that made the two past governors not to implement the report of screening of ghost workers carried out by their respective administrations aimed at eliminating ghost workers. According to Ashiru the current administration led by Governor Bello did what the government did for the benefit of the state. “We are not afraid of the tribunal or second term syndrome, but
to rest ghost workers and ghost institutions in Kogi State. The commissioner who spoke for the state, noted that a dedicated account has so far received about 14 million voluntarily returned by the ‘Diaspora workers’, pointing that more of the affected workers were now returning what they illegally collected. He said the state has adopted a forensic method of detecting fake workers and it was working. It will be recalled that the state
is currently embroiled in a ghost worker syndrome where in a recent screening exercise; it so far uncovered over 19,000 fake workers on its payroll. The state has lost no less than N213 billion in the last 13 years to phony workers. In the recent exercise, the state government discovered that a greater number of the staff across board: the local government, teachers and the regular civil servants had fake academic qualifications as well as large scale of age falsification.

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