By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA – Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has stated that the presidential initiative on continuous auditing of Ministries, Department and Agencies, MDAs, of government has resulted to the weeding out of 23,000 ghost workers.

She also revealed that the payroll of workers salaries has drastically reduced to N2.29 billion monthly with the successful elimination of the ghost workers.

Briefing the State House correspondents Wednesday after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC at the presidential villa, Abuja, the minister revealed that government was still investigating more 11,000.

She stated that FEC also approved the extension of the probe across all institution of government, saying that there must be justification for all public funds expended.

“On the issue of the ghost workers, of the 23,000 that we have removed, our payroll has reduced by N2.29billion per month. The update on that
is that we are now investigating another potential 11,000. Again we are using computer techniques to identify those who we need to
investigate, so we are now looking at the second batch and as we resolve those cases we would informed you of the amount saved and the
number of people removed.

“In the budget speech, the President said that we would introduce a continuous audit process, particularly of payroll and already that
work has resulted in the elimination of about 23,000 fraudulent recipients of federal salary and more work is still ongoing.

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