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Fed Govt Saves N594b from Ghost Workers

Mohammed Dikwa

Fed Govt Saves N594b from Ghost Workers

The Federal Government saved N594.08 billion between 2016 and last year through tips on “ghost” workers from whistleblowers.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mohammed Dikwa, said 50,000 ghost workers were removed from the payroll.

He added that 800 workers who received double salaries and 400 personnel who earned salaries after leaving the civil service were discovered.

Speaking at a national workshop on a draft bill on whistleblowing, he said there was, however, a reduction in the number of tips received.

He said: “The reported cases of whistleblowing or the tips used to come daily when we introduced it in November 2016.

“When we started, we received 2,000 reported cases monthly, but it has gone down drastically. We have instituted some measures to prevent false information.

“We’ll ensure that anyone who gives information that has to do with the recovery of money is rewarded and that those who give fake information to undermine anybody are duly punished. ”

Dikwa said government was determined to give the policy a legislative backing.

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