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A baby receives salary in Zamfara

A verification exercise uncovers more ghost workers in the payroll of local councils

A one-month old baby has been discovered to be used in receiving salaries in Zamfara State.

The state’s Commissioner of Justice, Garba Gajam, said the name of the infant was recently found on the payment voucher of a local government council during an exercise to fish out ghost employees from a bloated workforce.

“In the on-going verification exercise of the payrolls in the state, we discovered that a month-old baby was among the employees of one local government who is paid a salary,” he said.

“What is even more astonishing is that it was indicated in the payroll that the infant holds an ordinary national diploma. In August, the name of a five-month-old baby was found on the payroll of another local council, prompting an investigation and we have been receiving amazing revelations which point to the rot and abysmal level of corruption at the local government level. Perpetrators will be have to refund the siphoned funds and face prosecution for misappropriating public funds.”