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Nigerian Government Unearths Nearly 24,000 Fake Workers in Payroll Audit

February 29, 2016 at 10:07 am | News

Abena Agyeman-Fisher

Abena Agyeman-Fisher | Editor-in-chief, F2FA

February 29, 2016 at 10:07 am | News

Muhammadu Buhari

Three months after instituting a payroll audit, the Nigerian government reports that they identified almost 24,000 fraudulent “workers” and removed them from payroll.

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As a part of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s (pictured) crackdown on corruption, he implemented a payroll audit in December — using biometric data and bank verification numbers — in order to identify bank account holders that were receiving salaries.

And his findings are astounding: Not only were some workers found to be receiving salaries that didn’t correspond to bank account names, but there were also a number of employees who were found to be “receiving salaries from multiple sources.”

Ultimately, the audit enabled the government to remove about 23,846 “non-existent workers” from payroll, saving it $11.5 million per month.

The government says it will implement periodic audits to continue checking corruption in the West African nation and re-invest the newly saved monies back into the country.

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