|Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun|
The Nigerian government on Thursday [Feb. 11] pledged to punish banks found to have illegally increased its wage bill by conniving with ghost workers to open salary accounts for them, THISDAY has reported.
The government said it would not only recover all that it had lost to the scam but would simultaneously hand over 23,000 names it had so far discovered through its Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and Bank Verification Number (BVN) to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for prosecution.
Making this disclosure during the budget defence of her ministry, Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said the advent of BVN had helped to facilitate the effectiveness of IPPIS. She further disclosed that whereas only 295,000 civil servants were captured through IPPIS in five years, the application of BVN to the system had captured as many as 320,000 workers in just three months.
According to her, the continuous discovery of ghost workers in the civil service would save the nation of a huge sum of money, assuring that by June this year, all ghost workers would have been wiped out and every worker made IPPIS’ compliant.
Furthermore, Adeosun said the combination of BVN with IPPIS had brought about mind boggling revelations including the multiple appearances of some persons on federal government’s payroll.