BY Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—DELTA State Government, which has been battling with the menace of ghost workers, has said it has stopped the salaries of 17 of such workers, who were discovered to be drawing N50,000 per month illegally.
State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chike Ogeah, in a statement in Asaba, said: “The Automatic Fingerprint Identification System, AFIS, of the Delta State Biometric Payroll System, uncovered the 17 staff from the Women Development Committee, WDC and Youth Development Committee scheme, YDC, who were collecting salaries from both agencies.
“Each of the 17 staff receives a monthly stipend of N50,000. Invariably, over N850,000 was being fraudulently received by the workers. The scam was uncovered after the evaluation of the AFIS revealed the identical finger prints of the 17 workers in the two agencies.”
He added that criminal charges may also be brought against the 17 people as government was determined to impose maximum sanction to serve as deterrent to other people involved in fraudulent drawing of salaries from the government.
“The AFIS is an initiative of the government to check fraud in the wages and salaries of civil servants in the state. It is entirely based on the application of Information and Communications Technology, thereby removing the human element and shield the process from manipulation,” he added.