With the introduction of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) , the federal government has been able to save about N18billion naira. monthly from Ghost workers.
FG uncovered 46,821 ghost workers in 215 Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government (MDAs)
Speaking at the Ministry of Finance Ministerial Press Briefing on Monday in Abuja, Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala stated that virtually all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS) are harbouring ghost workers in their establishments.
She said the federal government by adopting the IPPIS mode of payment was able to detect that virtually all MDAs harbour ghost workers in their payroll.
She also disclosed that plans were underway to put in a model that would enable government to capture electronically all government funds online as it will be difficult for fraudulent officers to put government money in a secret bank account with a view to yielding interest for the personal aggrandisement of the officer.
Acknowledging that Ghost workers has a direct link to poverty, Okonjo-Iweala noted that the government is looking for other means of solving the problems.
“And let me start with something that we said during the midterm report. The first is on the macro-economy. I want to report that the economy is strong and stable. But of course we are facing challenges of inequality and inclusion, meaning that even though the economy is strong, we have problems with jobs and unemployment.
We have problems with wanting to eradicate poverty. We need to move faster in order to tackle these problems. So, we are not saying that everything is solved. But we know that the stability provides a platform on which we can use to solve the other problems,” she said.