Banks, officials behind 23,000 ghost workers to be prosecuted – Finance Minister

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun
Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, on Thursday revealed that the Bank Verification Number (BVN), and Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System had helped the Federal Government discover 23,000 ghost workers in the civil service.

Mrs. Adeosun made the revelation when she appeared before the Senate Committee on Finance to defend her ministry’s budget yesterday.

She lamented that having ghost workers in the civil service had caused grave leakage to Nigeria’s revenue.

Mrs. Adeosun also explained how the use of the BVN assisted the IPPIS to detect the fraud perpetrated through the creation of ghost workers.

She said, “As we speak now, we have about 23,000 that we need to investigate. Those whom either the BVN is linked to multiple payment or the name on the BVN account is not consistent with the name on our own payroll.

“If we are able to get everybody onto the BVN platform, we will be able to save a considerable amount of personnel cost.

She added that economic crimes investigative agencies would prosecute the banks, firms and individuals working in cahoot to defraud the Federal Government by padding it payroll.

“My job is to get them off our payroll, what happens from there on goes to the investigative agencies; we will pass our files onto them and they will take a decision as to what sanctions they will take.

“Not only will we remove those people from our payroll, but we will also be going after the banks involved to collect our money.”

The chairman of the committee, John Enoh, commended the ministry for the discovery.

Mr. Enoh added that government should not only recover monies from those found guilty of the fraud but also hand them over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for prosecution.


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  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    We are a country of fraudsters from top to bottom. Senile, illiterate certificate forger and perjurer MuhamMADu (alias Customs and Exercise, French Franc, Deutch Mark and President Michelle of Western Germany) Buhari is the number one criminal in Nigeria.

    • Tunsj

      Sometimes, I wonder what planet you came from. Classic narcissistic behavior: blame others for your problem.

      • Julius

        Everybody on the planet know thats what biafraudian like you are known for. Never take responsibility for anything na Yoruba, na Fulani

      • Otile

        This mantra has now become a national anthem for oduafraudians. …blame others for your problem, na oduafruadian na Fulani, bla bla bla. Is there any day you dummies do not chant this mantra? Ifa ba omo oduafraud yin oo.

      • Ogbeni Leke Olowe

        Honestly me too wondered d planet he came from, Anyway am not too surprised cos he was one of d ghost workers, just advise him to get prepare for his jail term.

    • sunny

      your father is the criminal here you biafraud,

    • Rommel

      I’m sure you are PDP,soon you will all end up in prison,thieves

    • ayo

      No value added in your discuss…

    • Paul Young

      Mumu go to school

    • Basketmouth

      Ever since I have been reading your comments on this forum or any other forum for that matter, you have never, never added any value to any discuss except deliberate distortions and vituperation from the demented mind of a bigot. What a shame.

      • Julius

        lolz. Monkey see, monkey do ! See the 2 cannibals loving each other. Bro, you are so right about him, both of them actually. A biafraudian calling somebody else a fraud. He took that from me chei. , no shame

        • Otile

          Dummy, I decided long ago not to waste my precious time on your senselessness. This is one incident when I have to have to point out your stupidity_to you. Hear yourself: “A …calling somebody else a fraud. He took that from me chei.” Dummy, nobody took fraud from you. Your fraud is with you. Odale

    • Otile

      Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya, my brother, I duff my hat for you. God will always protect you from muggers. See the mob attacking one person. Even if you write one letter they come in numbers to attack. God is on your side, bro, insolent violent men can do nothing to you. No weapon fashioned against you will proper. Amen.

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Thank you for those kind words of encouragement, solidarity and support. I am not taking this gesture of yours for granted. My God will expose all APC hypocrites very soon IJMN.

        • Otile

          Amen

        • Julius

          verybody on the planet know thats what biafraudian like you are known for. Never take responsibility for anything na Yoruba, na Fulani

    • Ogbeni Leke Olowe

      Am very sure u are one of d ghost worker , Your time is up better prepare yourself for our expected jail term. Hahahahahahaha

  • Otile

    This woman is a crook, if they find ghost workers why not make those pocketing the salaries pay the money back to the government? Who signed and collected the salaries? Buhari and his oduafraudian slaves will soon finish Najeriya. This ghost worker corrupt practice started with Babangida and accelerated under Yar’Adua, Jonathan was the only president who exposed the rot, now we are back to square one. Nonsense.

    • sunny

      your brain has be destroyed by bitterness, that you cannot even reason properly , people are just caught , you want her to get the money back when investigation has not even started?

      • Otile

        Imagine, after 8 donkey months of Imam Mohamed’s rulership they are just finding out that there are plenty of omo odua ghost working stealing the government blind. Shango ba awon omo yin oo.

    • ayo

      That is exactly what she said…
      “Not only will we remove those people from our payroll, but we will also be going after the banks involved to collect our money.”
      Always read carefully before jumping to conclusions…

      • Otile

        What then is she waiting for? Going to remove oduafraudian ghost workers soon my foot.

    • whales1212

      She’s a crook to have discovered ghost workers? But really what type of Nigerian are you for God sake,this reasoning capability is seriously disturbing.

      • Kallah Bature

        He is one of the beneficiaries of this fraud period.Now that he is known for the crook he is.

        • Otile

          May all of you supporting this kind of corruption because it is happening under your god Imam Buhari go blind. All say amen.

      • Julius

        loz, thats Ibo man for you. Night is day , day is night as far as they are concerned. This happened under Jonathan and DR NOI, the new minister discovered it like you said but, Ibos dont take responsibility for anything. Its always other peoples fault. This Otile moronic comment confirmed that.

        • whales1212

          Interestingly, he had some good ideas that corruption couldn’t allow to materialise, look at tsa and bvn being used by this government, these have been effective under this government but not the idea of this government?
          Please, let’s always avoid generalising ethnic groups to drive home our point, it’s all the same within each of our ethnicity, we can avoid it,the fact that people do it shouldn’t make us do it,please I do respect your opinion. That’s the only way we can build trust.

          • Otile

            How can you reason with a dummy? I gave up on the idiot_long ago.

    • Jacky

      You must be one of them. Sorry for you!

      • Otile

        See the poor logic of oduafraudian like you, – if you condemn them you must be one of them. Sorry for you too.

    • Julius

      As usual, you are a moron and a loser !. I woint be surprised to fund out Dr NOI was taking a cut from it. Ibos and money , Chei

  • Rommel

    It’s incredible,such things have been going on and as far as local government employees for so may years

    • Julius

      Under Dr NOI !

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Quite a huge numbers -23,000 ghost workers in Nigeria civil service? Unbelievable that such huge numbers could existed in the civl service collecting salaries and allowances.Those involved must all be held responsible and prosecuted after sack.

    • Otile

      I support you in this one. This this is outrageous. All the people supporting this kind of corruption because it is happening under Buhari are corrupt themselves.

      • Julius

        Moron, it was under Jonathan and your blowfish lips mother, Dr NOI. Ibos are vultures and shamelessly corrupt. Money hungry bunch of losers. The new administration is just finding this out. Dumb ass !

  • Jacky

    And they keep saying President Buhari is not working! This country “tire me sef”.

    • Sir Demo

      Na dem Wailers lot Jacky! That is their bigoted battle cry. Aren’t dogs created to bark?

  • Paul Young

    This sounds small but when you realise that each of those 23,000 ghosts earn an average of 100k monthly, do the math and thats 2.3bn every month, which comes up to 27.6 billion annually. That money is about 40% of Ekiti 2016 budget(67billion). Sai Buhari

    • Julius

      I agree. We dont even know for how long that went on, how many years ?

  • Julius

    This is what was going on under our ex president and the foremost, the first Finance Minister on the planet Dr NOI. We should at least try and find out how this went on without her knowing anything about it. The see no evil, know no evil almighty DR NOI.

    • whales1212

      We don’t need a rocket science to know that,simply put they weren’t doing anything,always remember the slogan of a corrupt mind, “to steal,you must allow others to steal too” you reckon they don’t know?

      • Julius

        So true !, I can bet you, there are more than 23,000. Stay tuned !

    • vison one of gej

      It was jonathan who introduced the idea—-buhari is just continuing with the vision period—

      • Julius

        It is the new Administration under the new Finance minister that found and disclosed the 23,000 ghost workers that were getting paid. I bet this would not have been disclosed under Jonathan and Dr NOI, base on the revelations that we are seeing so far. The number might even be higher. We shall stay tuned !

      • Sir Demo

        BVN?

      • David Adeniran

        Yes Jonathan introduced the idea but he never had the courage to implement it. So please stop lying! It was never implemented by Jonathan.

  • favourtalk

    Anyone of them found culpable should be prosecuted, Nigeria is no more for the jokers and those who rule without fear of God, we are here to make the country better and Nigerians really counts on the president to do that. We trust in PMB

  • simple english

    Liars where in the story did she say bank officials will be prosecuted for the ghost workers?????????????—-quote—She added that economic crimes investigative agencies would prosecute the banks, firms and individuals working in cahoot to defraud the Federal Government by padding it payroll. unquote simple english if found wanting in the discharge of their obligation to government—–

    • Sir Demo

      Check up the meaning of Economic and Financial crime twit! Defrauding govt by collusion is not litigable you are saying?

  • Sir Demo

    Well done! God and the majority of Nigerians are solidly behind you. You are all in our prayers every time. Truth, probity, Justice will eventually prevail in the land.

    • Otile

      Everybody is expecting truth probity, justice and justice, but shackling his suspected political enemies but protecting his known corrupt friends is not the answer. Simply put Buhari is corrupt.

      • Sir Demo

        What a logic? Are the suspected political enemies guilty of the charges or not? Will all thieves be captured all at the same time? Of course not. His corrupt friends? Like Jafar Isa?

        Let any proven Charges be brought against anyone working with him and see how it will be OYO on your own for that person.

        Why is Wiked not charging Amaechi to court if he has got any proof? Wasn’t Tinubu thoroughly investigated and even docked? Fashola? You can accuse of anything but exclude looting. So who are you referring to among his friends?

        • Otile

          Who will bell the cat? Who can bring Rotimi Oyenusi and Fashola to court? In one Nigeria if Imam forgives you, you are forgiven, but if he lays his hands on you, you are finished. Are you saying that there were no criminal cases hanging on Rotimi and Fashola’s necks before Imam made them ministers?

          As for Nyesom Nwaike, he is fighting hard to save his own neck from Imam’s opprobrium. Didn’t you see that they virtually stripped him of his hard won election until he turned against Biafra to appease Imam?

          • Sir Demo

            Now that I know what you stand for, no more discourse.

          • Otile

            Good, now that I know you don’t want anymore discussion with me because I stand for justice, so be it.

  • ndababa

    u can go to hell if u are not seeing this as a positive change we have been looking for

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  • emmanuel

    Jonathan and Okonjo Iweala are the best Nigeria has ever produced at the presidency. TIN, BVN, Integrated Salary scheme and many more weredeveloped to check corruption, without actually relying on the corrupt Judiciary. unfortunately, the devils – APC SAID THEY WOULD FIGHT CORRUPTION THROUGH THE PRESS.
    We are watching!