The Federal Government has said its monthly wage bill has gone down by N2.293bn after it expunged 23,846 ‘ghost workers’ from its payroll.
In a statement on Sunday, the Federal Ministry of Finance noted that the salary bill for February 2016 has reduced by N2.293 billion when compared to December 2015 at which time the BVN audit process commenced.
According to the statement, “this figure represents a percentage of the number of non-existent workers who had hitherto been receiving salary from various ministries, departments and agencies.”
It stated further that investigation of other suspected cases will continue in conjunction with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
”The removal of non existent workers from federal payroll and the savings on salaries was made possible because of the ongoing BVN-based staff audit and enrolment to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
“The Federal Government is also making efforts to recover salary balances in bank accounts as well as any pension contributions in respect of the deleted workers.
“This involves active collaboration with the concerned banks and the National Pension Commission (Pencom)”, the statement said.