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Nigeria rids civil service of 50,000 ghost workers, saving over $600m

Nigeria rids civil service of 50,000 ghost workers, saving over $600m

Nigeria

The Nigerian government has rid its civil service of 50,000 ghost workers and saved over 600 million dollars in the fight against corruption, the presidency said on Tuesday.

“The Federal government payroll has been rid of 50,000 ghost workers, saving the country a huge amount of N200 billion ($636 million USD),” spokesperson of the presidency, Garba Shehu, said in a statement.

“Over N13 billion has been taken off the payroll monthly from February to December this year … The pension bill was N15.5bn monthly as at February. Now it is down to N14.4bn, which means average monthly saving is made of about N1.1bn,” he explained.

Shehu said 11 main suspects have been referred to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and some are under trial.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to fight corruption after his election in 2015. Already, about a dozen high ranking officials linked to former President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime are under investigation for corruption.

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