By Terna Injua – Makurdi
A screening committee set up by the Benue State Teaching Service Board, TSB has uncovered four hundred and thirty three ghost staff on the payroll of the Agency.
Executive Secretary of TSB, Dr. Frank Kyungun made this known when he presented the report of the committee to Governor Samuel Ortom during exco meeting.
Dr. Kyungun said most of the ghost staff were discovered to be those who are due for retirement but are still in service, those who have died but their names still on the payroll and those who have gotten employment elsewhere.
He stated that the Ghost workers have illegally been collecting over one hundred million naira with the committee also discovering that some schools on the payroll of the Government such Igede Community Secondary School, Akwuda only exist on paper.
The TSB Executive Secretary recommended that Government should pay attention to the welfare of retired civil servants to curtail the fear of retirement and set up a committee to identify existing and moribund schools to take appropriate action.
Dr. Kyungun who appealed for strict implementation of the report to sanitize the board maintained that stiffer penalties be deployed to deal with any one who may want to thwart Government efforts so that the report may not go down like those before it.
Receiving the report, Governor Samuel Ortom expressed shock at the discoveries made by the committee and assured that no stone would be left unturned to ensure that those behind the fraudulent practice are fished out and dealt with.
Governor Ortom therefore set up a committee headed by the Commissioner of Education, Professor Dennis Ityavyar with representatives from Ministries of Justice, Finance, Information, Accountant General Office and Head of Service to ensure full implementation of the report.