Chairman, Sokoto North Local Government Council in Sokoto state, Abdullahi Hassan, said about 1,115 ghost workers were recently uncovered on its payroll.
Mr. Hassan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Sokoto that the ghost workers were discovered during a verification exercise conducted recently by the council.
“We inherited 3,326 staff in August 2011, when I came on board as the chairman,” Mr. Hassan said. “But after the verification exercise recently, the staff strength dropped to 2,211. The finding brought the monthly wage bill down to about N32 million from N42 million.”
According to the chairman, the local government would now save about N10 million monthly, which was hitherto been paid to the ghost workers for the implementation of projects that would benefit the people.
Mr. Hassan said that out of the 2,211 verified staff, only about 700 are currently receiving salaries, while the rest are placed on allowances.