Nigeria's Struggle to Bust Ghost Workers

The "ghost worker" is having a huge impact on the economy and government is making an effort to arrest those responsible for the fraudulent activity which sees salaries paid to people who either died or are no longer in the employ of government and other institutions.

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Bridge overlooking Lagos central business district,Nigeria.

  • Nigeria:  Bauchi Commission Uncovers 5,000 Ghost Workers

    Daily Trust, 12 June 2012

    Bauchi state Local Government Service Commission has uncovered the existence of over 5000 ghost workers across the 20 local government councils of the state. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Kebbi Loses N153 Million Monthly to Ghost Workers - Report

    Leadership, 13 June 2012

    The Kebbi State government loses a whooping N153 million monthly to 2,800 workers on its payroll, an investigation has found. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Unmasking the Ghost Workers (editorial)

    This Day, 21 May 2012

    Unless the Federal Government adopts a structured and serious institutional response to the ever recurring tales of ghost workers in most government establishments, the syndicate ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  FG Discovers 3,000 Ghost Workers, Gets N207.5 Billion as April Allocation

    Daily Trust, 18 May 2012

    The Federal Government has discovered about 3,400 ghost workers through the Integrated Payroll personnel Information System, IPIS, the minister of state for finance, Yerima Lawal ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Kano Unmasks 140 Ghost Workers in Civil Service

    Vanguard, 31 March 2012

    No fewer than 140 ghost workers have so far been unmasked by the Kano State Government in the state's Civil Service during the on-going personnel verification exercise in the ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Bayelsa Set to Check Ghost Workers in Civil Service

    Vanguard, 31 March 2012

    Permanent Secretaries and Heads of extra ministerial departments in the Bayelsa State Civil Service will henceforth be responsible for staff verification to check cases of ghost ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Taming the Ghost Workers Racket With It

    Vanguard, 21 March 2012

    FOR a very long time, one issue that has helped drain the public treasury is that of "ghost workers" - a situation perfected such that people who do not exist anywhere else exist ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Publish Names of PHCN Ghost Workers, BPE Told

    This Day, 21 March 2012

    Workers of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) have challenged the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) to publish the names of reported ghost workers in PHCN and effect ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  How Nasarawa Lost Over N3 Billion to Ghost Workers

    Leadership, 18 March 2012

    It is no longer news that the Nasarawa State government, has conducted screening exercise for its workers, but what is news was the discovery of 855 ghost workers in the state ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Electricity Workers Deny Report of 17,000 Ghost Workers

    This Day, 14 March 2012

    Workers of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) have debunked reports that 17,000 ghost workers have been discovered in the corporation stating that the report is untrue, ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  639 Ghost Workers Discovered in Sokoto

    Leadership, 12 March 2012

    No fewer than 639 ghost workers were discovered during the verification exercise carried out in 67 ministries and departments across the state. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Sokoto Discovers 639 Ghost Workers

    Leadership, 9 March 2012

    Alhaji Abdullahi Wali, the Sokoto State Head of Civil Service ( HOS), has said that the State Government has discovered 639 ghost workers and recovered N93 million after a recent ... read more »