The governor of Imo, Hope Uzodimma, has announced that the state has unmasked over 100 ghost workers, including more than 60 “dead or non-existent persons” in its schools.
Governor Uzodimma, in a series of tweets released on Friday, said an interim audit of the state Universal Basic Education Board (IMSUBEB) uncovered that more than 60 persons who have surpassed the retirement age are still on the payroll of the state government.
The board, IMSUBEB, is in charge of the management of primary and junior secondary schools belonging to the state government.
“I received the Interim Audit report of Imo State Universal Basic Education Board (IMSUBEB) which revealed some sad realities in the State Primary Schools,” the governor tweeted.
“It is a sad revelation that over sixty (60) persons on the payroll of the board were found to be dead and non-existent, while another forty (40) persons who are no longer in the service of the State are still on the payroll of the State Government.
“Furthermore, the report disclosed that over sixty persons who have passed the retirement age of sixty-five (65) are still on the payroll of the Government, drawing salaries and allowances.”
Uzodimma, however, pledged that no measure of distraction would inhibit his government from purifying the state civil service.
The governor then advised workers and pensioners who have not been payed to go to the data centre to submit their details.
“I admonish other Ministries, Agencies and Departments of Government to tow the line of IMSUBEB. No amount of distraction will deter our Government from going-on and completing the exercise of sanitizing the Imo State Civil Service,” he wrote.
“I advise those in the habit of politicizing the civil service and pension matters to desist from such. Civil servants and pensioners who have not received their payments should go to the data center to submit their necessary details.