ICPC to track ‘ghost’ workers through banks – Chairman

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, on Monday vowed to track ghost workers in Ministries, Department and Agencies, MDAs, through the banks.

The Chairman of ICPC, Ekpo Nta, who gave the vow in Abuja said the plan to investigate the scam through banks was because the banks were supposed to have the data of those who withdraw the salaries.

“We are working with the banks to ensure due diligence; to check the addresses given by customers, to ensure that they were not ignored,” Mr. Nta said.

“This is because a day will come when the address of a customer will be demanded by the ICPC from the banks and once this it’s not given, we will not find it easy with the bank.”

The ICPC boss said the introduction of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, where salaries of workers were generated outside the MDAs had reduced the challenges of ghost workers in government payroll.

Since the introduction of IPPIS, he explained, what obtains is for workers to give the number of staff in the organisation, their names and account numbers.

He said since most ministries and agencies have migrated to the IPPIS platform, the Commission was now in the investigation mode in the different departments, ministries and agencies.

Where they have sent in ghost names on IPPIS, those ghosts must collect their monies through the banks,” he said. (NAN)

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