Zulum pays N19m to ‘fake staff’, weeds out 300 babies names from payroll

Zulum pays N19m to ‘fake staff’, weeds out 300 babies names from payroll

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Borno State government says the phantom job scheme involving fake employees in the State Civil Service, cost the government the sum of N19 million.

This is in addition to 300 babies names from a family that were found in the payroll of Shani Local Government Area of the State.

The revelation came to the fore at the recently introduced employees verification exercise by the government.

Daily Trust reported that Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State disclosed this at the Menwara Cultural Festival in Shani Town on Saturday.

The names were used to siphon public funds by corrupt officials, according to the Governor who spoke in relation to comments by some persons who staged a peaceful protest against the verification exercise which was meant to sanitize the Civil service.

According to Zulum, “Let me inform you that in the end of the verification exercise, names of babies were found in the payrolls while N19 million was paid to fake employees in Shani Local Government Area monthly.

“It was discovered that one family alone has 300 fake employees and if this trend continues, I am afraid, Shani LGA may not be able to pay the monthly salaries of its employees, in the future”, according to the Governor.

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He explained that he had directed the Commissioner of Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Sugum Mai Mele to verify the exercise and reenlist employees with genuine certificates and those erroneously dismissed from service.

He lamented that job offers meant for the natives of Shani were sold by fraudulent officials at N250,000 each thereby depriving unemployed graduates job opportunities.

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