Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

Benue discovers 443 ghost workers on school teachers’ payroll

*18 Names of dead staff, 70 retired, 193 redeployed secondary school staff discovered on payroll ─TSB Executive Secretary

*Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State constitutes a committee to immediately implement screening report

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to the recent screening of 4,473 staff of the Board across the three senatorial zones of the state, the Benue State Government has exposed a total of 443 ghost workers on the payroll of the State Teaching Service Board (TSB) criminally drawing on the taxpayers’ money.

It was learnt that the names of 18 dead staff, 70 retired staff, and 193 redeployed staff were also found on the payroll of the Board.

Dr. Frank Kyungun, Executive Secretary of TSB, disclosed this Wednesday, August 5 at the presentation of the report of the latest screening exercise conducted by the Board to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State in Makurdi, the state capital.

Report said Kyungun explained that the discovery was made after 4,473 staff of the Board were screened across the three senatorial zones of the state.

The Executive Secretary stated: “The screening uncovered 433 ghost workers on the payroll after verification of 4,473 staff across the three senatorial zones of the state.

“The screening committee also uncovered 18 dead persons, 70 retired staff, 193 redeployed staff among other irregularities on the payroll who were accordingly expunged.”

Governor Ortom, while receiving the report, announced the constitution of a committee headed by Prof. Dennis Ityavyar, Honourable Commissioner for Education, to immediately implement the screening report.

The governor stressed that those who had milked the Board through ghost workers must be identified and prosecuted, while directing that the ghost names be immediately deleted from the payment voucher.

Ortom also urged Dr. Kyungun to ensure that the deleted names did not find their way back on the payroll.

Other members of the Implementation Committee constituted by the Governor include representatives of the Head of Service, representatives each from the Commissioner for Finance, Office of the Accountant-General, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

The Executive Secretary of TSB will serve as Secretary to the Implementation Committee.

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