Alhaji Yusufu Okala, the auditor-general in Kogi state, has revealed that approximately N213,034,857,280.44, was lost to a category of persons he called “Ghost Workers/Unintended Beneficiaries.”
Alhaji Okala, made this known during the Staff Screening and Validation Committee, jointly led by himself and the Auditor General of the Local Governments Areas, Mallam Usman Ahmed Ododo. They all submitted their report to Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the state governor, at a Stakeholders Forum held in Government House, Lokoja, on Monday.
The governor, set up the committee, with the mandate to review and authenticate the report earlier submitted by the Staff Screening and Verification Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. Jerry Agbaji.
According to Alhaji Okala,:
As at the time of inaugurating the Staff Screening and Verification Committee on February 22, 2016, the total staff on the nominal payroll of the State (State MDAs and Local Governments) was 88, 973 with monthly wage bill of N 5,809,578,703.72. However, after the conclusion of this exercise on July 24, 2016, the cleared and validated workforce is 63, 870.
Gov. Bello, who was sad about the huge loss the state has gone through for the past years, made it clear that his administration, has ended financial theft in the state.