Afenifere demands identity of masterminds of 50,000 ghost workers

Afenifere demands identity of masterminds of 50,000 ghost workers

The Pan-Yoruba socio-political Organisation, Afenifere, has urged the Federal Government to publicise the employers of the 50,000 ghost workers the government claimed it discovered and retrench same from the public service.

The group in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yinka Odumakin, criticised the decision of government not to make public the names of the 11 civil servants, who masterminded the act.

He said, “The attention of Afenifere has been drawn to the recent revelation by the Federal Government that over 50,000 ghost workers have been retrenched from the public service of the Federation.

“The country lost about N143 billion as payments to these ghosts while they were in the employment of the Federal Government. And as to the action the government has taken on the matter, we were told that the names of the 11 civil servants who masterminded the act have been sent to the EFCC for prosecution.

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“We are alarmed that the 11 civil servants who committed this crime have been granted anonymity as the government has shielded their identities from the public. Yet this is the same country where politicians have been detained and charged to court over amount that pales into insignificance compared to the N143billion involved here.

“We however demand immediate unveiling of the identities of the 11 officers who have been fingered in the 50,000 ghost workers standard. This would remove the fear that there is a grand conspiracy to cover up this crime,” part of the statement read.

 

 

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