ICPC To Track Ghost Workers In MDAs Through Banks

Ekpo-NtaThe Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission said on Monday it would track ghost workers in Ministries, Department and Agencies through the banks.

The Chairman of ICPC, Mr Ekpo Nta, said this in Abuja during an interactive session with newsmen.

He said the plan to investigation the scam through banks was because the banks were supposed to have the data of those that withdrew the salaries.

“We are working with the banks to ensure due diligence to check the addresses given by customers were not ignored.

“This is because a day will come when the address of a customer will be demanded by the ICPC from the banks and once this is not given, we will not find it easy with the bank,” he said.

He said the introduction of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System where salaries of workers was generated outside MDAs had reduced the challenges of ghost workers in government payroll.

He said, “Since the introduction of IPPIS what obtains is that you give us the number of staff in your organisation, their names and their account numbers.

“Since most ministries and agencies have migrated to the IPPIS platform, we are now in the investigation mode in the different departments, ministries and agencies.

“Where they have sent in ghost names on IPPIS, those ghosts must collect their monies through the banks”. (NAN)