Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has revealed that it has invited volunteers for training with a view of sending them to the warzone to confront Boko Haram terrorists in North-East Nigeria.
Besides, the corps also denied reports of an ongoing secret recruitment or replacement of any sort in the NSCDC.
In an exclusive chat with Nigerian Pilot, NSCDC spokesman, Assistant Commandant Emmanuel Okeh said currently, about 10,000 volunteers were being trained in Katsina so that after the training, 5,000 personnel would be deployed to the North-East while 3,000 others would be sent to mining sites across the country.
It would be recalled that recently, the corps underwent a check on its personnel to checkmate cases of ghost workers and impostors, as well as ascertain the number of its workforce.
During the screening exercise, the corps captured biometric data of its officers and men nationwide in line with federal government’s policy to capture all federal staff and ensure harmonised data-based system.
However, even before the screening exercise was embarked on, there were rumours that the corp was recruiting secretly.
The rumour came as the federal government identified 23,000 ghost workers, reducing payroll to N2.29billion monthly.
Just last Wednesday, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun revealed that government was still investigating more 11,000.
She told State House correspondents that the Federal Executive Council, FEC, also approved the extension of the probe to all institutions of government, saying that there must be justification for all public funds expended.
“On the issue of the ghost workers, of the 23,000 that we have removed, our payroll has reduced by N2.29billion per month. The update on that is that we are now investigating another potential 11,000. Again we are using computer techniques to identify those who we need to investigate, so we are now looking at the second batch and as we resolve those cases we would informed you of the amount saved and the number of people removed.
“In the budget speech, the president said that we would introduce a continuous audit process, particularly of payroll and already that work has resulted in the elimination of about 23,000 fraudulent recipients of federal salary and more work is still ongoing.”

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