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Senate Investigates N110.4 Million Paid to JAMB Ghost Workers

The Senate Committee on Public Account has started an investigation on the alleged N110.4 million paid to ghost workers by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board ( JAMB ).

Senator Mathew Urhoghide who led the committee stated that the investigation was due to a report submitted to the lawmakers by Anthony Ayine, the Auditor General of the Federation. The report ‘observed that 66 persons were removed from the payroll before the end of 2013.’

The Audit report stated that these persons were on the payroll of JAMB between one month and 23 months, and had so far received N110.4 million during the period.

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It further stated: ‘No evidence was shown that these officers resigned their appointment or absconded, were a legitimate employee of JAMB and that they gave or paid one month salary in lieu of notice before they left the employment of the board.’                                                                                                                                                                      ‘The Executive Registrar was requested to account for the emoluments paid for these officers in the sum of N110.4 million.’                                                     

‘However, his response with reference number JAMB/FIN/127/Vol.2/181 dated 24th May did not address the query satisfactorily,’ it added.

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