By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS – It was revealed yesterday that Lagos State Government has paid more than N64 million to ghost workers as shown in the payroll from the Office of Auditor-General of the state at the last verification exercise.
This was contained in a statementÂ by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Office of the Auditor-General of Lagos State, Mr Mubashiru Hassan , with an assurance that government was determined to rid off ghost workers in the state.
According to the statement, in a bid to checkmate cases of ghost workers presently on the payroll of the state government, his office will today begin another round of salary verification for all staff of local government councils, local council development areas and local government education authorities in the state.
The statement also said the last verification exercise conducted by his office led to the recovery of over sixty million naira from the account of ghost workers in the state.
He said the exercise aside being geared towards elimination of ghost workers would also seek to update data in respect of all the staff in the employment of the local government and education authorities.
Stating that the exercise will end on September 25, Hassan urged all council and local government education authorities across the state to corporate maximally with the inspection team to achieve the aim of the exercise scheduled to begin today.
In his reaction to the development, Chairman of Ejigbo Local Council Development Areas (LCDA), Mr. Kayinde Bamigbetan described the development as a positive development that would help promote the peaceful coexistence between the state and the local government.
The council boss said the verification â€œis a regular exercise. The councils are fully prepared to receive the team from the office of the Auditor-General. This is a very good development as it shows how well the need for quality control in ensuring viability of the local councils.â€