Ghost workers in Nigeria - The Nigerian ministry of Finance has said it discovered a total of 45,000 'ghost' workers during the implementation of its Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS) scheme in 251 Federal Government Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
The figure was disclosed to journalists here Wednesday by the Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama, at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting.
Dr. Ngama said the ministry arrived at the figure after auditing 153,019 staff in the 215 MDAs as at January, 2013, adding that 321 more MDAs are yet to be captured on the IPPIS scheme.
A ghost employee is someone on the payroll who does not actually work.
According to the minister, the IPPIS was introduced to enhance efficiency in personnel cost planning and budgeting.
Under this policy which was opposed by the unions in the MDAs, personnel cost are based on actual verified number of staff and not estimates.
He added that the federal government has established the Treasury Single Account (TSA) as a unified structure of government bank account that gives a consolidated view of the cash position of the MDAs.
Already, a total of 92 MDAs are currently on the TSA. By the end of next month, 97 MDAs based in Abuja will be added to the TSA scheme.