Nigeria government’s audit removes nearly 24,000 non-existent workers

The Nigerian government has removed nearly 24,000 workers from its payroll after an audit revealed they did not exist, the Finance Ministry has said.

Nigerian President Buhari (pic BBC)

Nigerian President Buhari (pic BBC)

The move has enabled a monthly saving of around $11,5m (£8m).

The audit is part of an anti-corruption campaign by President Muhammadu Buhari, who took power last year.

Corruption and mismanagement have long been a challenge to Nigeria’s growth, and the government has promised to cut costs to face an economic slowdown.

Nigeria is Africa’s biggest economy and the continent’s top oil producer, and its finances are under strain due to the recent collapse in oil prices.

The country has also faced rising inflation, a stock market slump and the slowest pace of economic growth in more than a decade.

The audit started in December used biometric data and a bank verification number to identify holders of bank accounts into which salaries were being paid, Reuters news agency reports.

This process allowed the identification of some workers who were receiving a salary that did not correspond to the names linked to the bank accounts.

Nigeria’s economy

Africa’s largest economy, biggest oil producer and most populous nation

Oil-rich, but facing worst economic crisis in years after falling oil prices

62.6% of its 170 million population live in poverty

Average annual earnings – $1280 (£850)

Source: UN

It also revealed that some employees were receiving salaries from multiple sources.

Some 23,846 non-existent workers were removed from the payroll, an adviser to the finance minister was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Periodic checks and electronic audit techniques will be periodically carried out to prevent new frauds, the ministry said.

Officials have said the savings resulted from the anti-corruption measures will help the country tackle its crisis and prevent job cuts.

3 Responses to Nigeria government’s audit removes nearly 24,000 non-existent workers

  1. gunguwo February 29, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    It really helps to change a head of government. New positive things always come with it. At least this is a plus for Buhari.

  2. Mgobhozi Wezintabeni February 29, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    Zim needs its own Buhari who could tackle head on the cancerous evil called corruption.Well done General! You real mean business and after 5 years Nigeria would be a proper economic giant of Africa.

  3. hameno February 29, 2016 at 9:19 pm #

    its not hard to that some walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Tanzania’s president is doieg it. Government has no money, ma sanctions this and that. we will never improve because we are still at war with a perceived enemy. and no war has ever developed anything.

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