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Anambra Commission unearths 427 ghost workers on govt payroll

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The Anambra State Local Government Service Commission said it has discovered over 427 ghost workers earning salaries from the state government without being staff members.

The Chairman of the Commission, Vin Ezeaka, disclosed this to journalists in Awka, the Anambra state capital, on Friday.

Ezeaka said the commission also discovered that six senior employees at the various local government areas forged their certificates, claiming they were issued by the Imo State University.

He said 59 among the ghost workers were employees of the commission who died a long time ago, 40 had retired but were still on the state payroll, and 11 others were living abroad.

He said, “The discovery was made during a staff personnel audit launched to sanitise the local government system in the state. In the process, over 427 workers were discovered to have been on the local government payroll without being staffed.

“Out of the 427 ‘ghost workers’ uncovered, 59 were staff of the Commission who had died a long time ago, 40 others had retired and are still on the payroll of the commission, while about 11 others were staff living abroad whose names were still on the payroll of the government.

“Others were some staff members of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe. We also discovered 222 workers on the payroll who nobody could identify as workers in any of the 21 LGAs and we have many of them living abroad and still receiving salaries.

“So we wrote to the Joint Account (JAC) to remove them from the payroll. Some of them have come to voluntarily retire, but we refused because you can’t cheat the government and want to retire.

“We are going to finish our investigation and those we caught in this unholy act will face the full wrath of the law in accordance with civil service rules”.

Ezeaka further said, “Apart from this discovery, made at the end of May 2024, we descended on the certificate racketeering cartel within the local government system. We set up a committee which came up with reports of people with suspicious certificates working in various local government areas of Anambra State and we then set up a screening committee that indicted so many of them.

“Those indicted were identified and we started investigating the certificates they presented to the committee and went as far as going to the universities whose certificates they brandished and out of the 20 persons who tendered Imo State University certificates, we screened 14 so far, where we discovered that six out of the 14 were fake certificates.

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