6000 Ghost Workers Discovered in Plateau – Commissioner

Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau
Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau

Plateau State Commissioner for information and Communication, Mr. Yiljap Abraham, has revealed that not less than 6000 ghost workers have been discovered in the states’ civil service.

Speaking during an interview, the commissioner said: “The ghost workers were discovered after a biometric verification exercise carried out by the state government”. The Commissioner said that after earlier committees set up by the government to determine the strength of its workforce had put the figure at between 17,000 and 18, 000 workers, the governor became alarmed that despite the fact that there had been no new employment, the figure kept rising.

The biometric exercise discovered that Plateau should not have more than 11,000 workers, meaning that the remaining were not legitimate workers. Yiljap then said: “Between 2007 and 2011, we discovered that the figure of the civil service kept increasing despite the fact that people have been dying and have not been replaced, we have had people resigning, going on secondment and, yet, we have not had any corresponding decrease.