Shocking discoveries have began to emerge from the current verification exercises going on in the state even as over 10,000 ghost teachers, over 80 fully staffed ghost schools have been discovered.
According to our source at the Bureau for Local Government, these fathom workers and schools were captured in the payment voucher in the various local governments and funds diverted into private accounts.
A source which confided to our reporter in confidence (as she is not authorised to speak on behalf of the government), revealed that ghost workers were the conduit pipe through which the past administration drained the state treasury.
” the PDP killed the state with all these ghost workers. This is how they were eating our money. They planted ghost schools and staff to enrich themselves at the expense of the masses.”
According to the source, the government used a special software that matched the bank details of workers with their personal information such that there was no escape for anyone engaging in fraudulent activities.
It could be recalled that
Governor Ortom, shortly after assuming office vowed to clean up the local government system in order to reduce to wage bill of the state which currently stands at N2.9bn. This sum is much more than that of Kano State which has twice the population of Benue State.
The Governor as a result, commissioned his Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Titus Zam to carry out a state-wide staff verification.
The verification exercise is scheduled to end on the 8th of November 2015, after which payments will be made.