Some Benue State top civil workers who have been found guilty of pay padding in the state will be investigated and prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Hyacinth Alia, the State Governor, revealed this Friday through his media aide when he received members of the Correspondents’ Chapel in the State.
Information According to reports in Nigeria, the administration revealed that over 2,500 ghost workers were discovered during the State’s ongoing staff audit.
Other irregularities discovered, according to Tersoo’s statement, were ghost schools, double-dipping, illegal employment, salary padding, and payments to dead and retired individuals, among other transgressions.
Tersoo told reporters that “probity, accountability, and transparency were the hallmarks of the current administration.”
He warned the public not to be surprised if the anti-graft agency begins scrutinizing some high-ranking civil workers in the State.
According to him, the ongoing staff audit revealed that some workers only existed on the payrolls, while many others, particularly senior civil servants, were collecting salaries from the state government, the local government, and the State Universal Basic Education Board all at the same time.
“Some of them are already known to us, and they have been removed from the entire payroll.” We’re waiting for them to notify us that they haven’t been paid.
“Those receiving double pay as senior staff will be turned over to the EFCC for investigation and possible prosecution,” Tersoo stated.
He expressed hope that the ongoing exercise would uncover more people involved in the civil service racketeering and that culprits would be held accountable for their crimes.