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Imo uncovers over 100 ghost workers in its primary, secondary schools

Imo uncovers over 100 ghost workers in its primary, secondary schools
August 07
22:02 2020

Hope Uzodimma, governor of Imo, says the state has uncovered over 100 ghost workers, including more than 60 “dead or non-existent persons” in its schools.

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In a series of tweets on Friday, Uzodimma said an interim audit of the state Universal Basic Education Board (IMSUBEB) revealed that more than 60 persons who have passed the retirement age are still on the payroll of the government.

IMSUBEB is responsible for the management of primary and junior secondary schools owned by the state government.

“I received the Interim Audit report of Imo State Universal Basic Education Board (IMSUBEB) which revealed some sad realities in the State Primary Schools,” the governor tweeted.

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“It is a sad revelation that over sixty (60) persons on the payroll of the board were found to be dead and non-existent, while another forty (40) persons who are no longer in the service of the State are still on the payroll of the State Government.

“Furthermore, the report disclosed that over sixty persons who have passed the retirement age of sixty-five (65) are still on the payroll of the Government, drawing salaries and allowances.”

The governor vowed that no amount of distraction would deter his administration from sanitising the state civil service.

He also advised workers and pensioners who have not received their payments to go to the data centre to submit their details.

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“I admonish other Ministries, Agencies and Departments of Government to tow the line of IMSUBEB. No amount of distraction will deter our Government from going-on and completing the exercise of sanitizing the Imo State Civil Service,” he wrote.

“I advise those in the habit of politicizing the civil service and pension matters to desist from such. Civil servants and pensioners who have not received their payments should go to the data center to submit their necessary details.

“I reiterate the resolve of our Government that no amount of blackmail will make us back out from sanitizing the civil service in its entity.”

On Wednesday, the Benue state teaching service board also said it uncovered 433 ghost workers in its payroll.

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Frank Kyungun, executive secretary of the teaching service board, said the ghost workers were uncovered after verification of 4,473 members of staff across the three senatorial zones of the state.

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