The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said yesterday that the Federal Government had been loosing about N1 billion by paying 37,395 ghost workers on the payroll of the Federal Civil Service.
EFCC’s acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, revealed the shocker during an anti-corruption sensitisation programme organised for staff of works and housing sectors.
According to him; “EFCC has uncovered 37,395 ghost workers in the Federal Civil Service and investigation is still going on. Our investigations have so far revealed that the Federal Government has lost close to N1 billion to these ghost workers. “The figure will definitely increase as we unravel more ghost workers buried deep in Federal Civil Service payrolls.”
Magu, who explained that the commission had established a Procurement Fraud Unit to handle the increasing number of petitions relating to violations of the Public Procurement Laws, said apart from the widespread procurement frauds in Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, ghost workers poses serious concern to the commission.
He warned civil servants to avoid any act that was in breach of public procurement procedures, adding that violators risked imprisonment and dismissal from service.