By Tinuade Salami
Nigerian Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun has disclosed the federal government plans to recover all
pension payment made to ‘ghost workers’ on its payroll.
Kemi Adeosun, made this known in a Facebook Live session on Monday.
She said the finance ministry, in collaboration with the National Pension Commission, is set to
recover the pensions so far paid into the Retirement Savings Accounts of the identified ghost
Adeosun also said that the system had been able to remove 53,000 people from the payroll and
that they were working with PenCom to recover some of the pensions as the Ghost workers were
earning salaries and also receiving pensions.
While lamenting on checks and balances in the payroll, the Minister said that the moves on the
Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit came in to permanently put the issue of ghost workers to a halt. She added that the right amount would be paid to workers and that payroll error and
fraudulent acts would be eliminated.
The minister noted that before the commencement of the continuous audit initiative, the wage bill
of the government was put at about N165 billion monthly.
But the government was spending N16 billion each on pensions and overheads monthly.
She noted that a total of about N200 billion was being expended monthly on recurrent items.
The minister, however, said that the government’s focus was to get as many agencies and
individuals as possible on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System platform, IPPIS, which, she said, would assist the government to bring down its wage bill.
As the forces are not left over, Adeosun also disclosed plans that the moment the system was done
with Nigerian police ghost workers, it would focus on the military, prisons, immigration and other