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Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency says it has uncovered more than 37,000 ghost workers on the civil service payroll and that the number is still rising.
The acting chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, said that the thousands of non-existent workers had cost the government close to 1 billion naira ($5 million) so far. “The figure will definitely increase as we unravel more ghost workers buried deep in Federal Civil Service payrolls,” said Magu on Tuesday at an anti-corruption event at a government ministry in the capital Abuja, Nigeria’s Premium Times reported.
President Muhammadu Buhari has launched a crackdown on government corruption and fraud since his inauguration in May 2015. Nigeria’s Finance Ministry said in February that the removal of another 24,000 ghost workers from the state payroll resulted in a monthly saving of 2.29 billion naira ($11.5 million).
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