The adoption of the Biometric Verification Number, BVN, for salary payment by the Federal Ministry of Finance have led to the discovery of many irregularities in salary payment.
“Out of the accounts of about 312,000 civil servants processed so far, the ministry was said to have uncovered irregularities in the account of about 23,306 of them, who were suspected to have been collecting double salary,” the Nation quoted an official as saying.
“These indicted individuals are in two categories. In the first group, we found out that the names of some civil servants, whose salaries are being processed, are different from the names on the accounts where their salaries are paid. What this means is either those in this category are drawing salary from two sources (which could be different agencies), or they are ghost workers,” the official added.
Some of those affected have tendered their resignation letters to pre-empt dismissal from service and prosecution.
“The public will be appropriately briefed when the full report is ready,” Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance on Media Matters, Mr. Festus Akanbi, said.