The Head of the Continuous Audit Team, Mr Mohammed Dikwa, found discrepancies in the payroll of the Federal Government’s Ministries, Agencies and Departments to the tune of N6.4 billion monthly.
President Muhammadu Buhari had set up the Continuous Audit Team to look into the finance of Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies to address the issue of ghost workers, over payment of allowances, fraud and embezzlement in MDAs.
“In terms of ghost workers, we have found about 43,000 ghost workers so far and as at May 30, we had N4.2 billion that is saved on a monthly basis.
“But as at June 30, we were able to make more recoveries of N2.2 billion which has led to an additional savings of N6.4 billion monthly.”
Dikwa said that more savings would be made once the team succeeded in capturing all the Federal Government’s MDA into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Mr Mohammed Dikwa said: “The IPPIS platform is only having 20 per cent of the MDAs of the Federal Government on board. This means that about 80 per cent of MDAs are still outside the IPPIS platform.
Dikwa said the team had a long way to go as it had only covered 20 per cent of its workload. He said that all suspected cases of ghost workers and other acts were being forwarded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to ensure recoveries.
Dikwa said also that the team had succeeded in reducing the personnel cost of the federal government from N150 billion monthly in January, to N142 billion per month as at June 2016.
“This drastic reduction in personnel cost will continue as the Continuous Audit Team maintains its continuous visitations to all MDAs.
“It is expected that by December 31, over N100 billion will be reduced from the budgeted personnel cost of the 2016 year,” he said.
Source :Thenation news