Nigeria battles to control ghost workers

The lack of robust HR and payroll systems administering federal and state government continues to plague Nigerian public expenditure. Bayelsa State government is losing an average of N3.524bn ($24m) annually to ghost workers on its payroll. This development, according to the Director-General of the state’s  Due Process and e-Governance Bureau, Von Kemedi, necessitated the introduction of a biometric exercise to authenticate the actual number of workers in the state’s civil service. The exercise revealed that 11, 696 out of a total of 52,696 workers on the state’s payroll did not exist.

In May last year the House of Representatives Committee on Customs and Excise discovered that about 50 per cent of the 20,000 workforce in the Nigeria Customs Service were ghost workers.

via, 10 February 2010

New HR system for Uganda’s Defence Force

The Ugandan defence ministry has launched a new HR system, which is expected to remove ‘ghosts’ from its payrolls. Before launching the system, the ministry had to deal with bulky paper-work, tinkering by paymasters, inadequate response in case of accidents and ‘ghost soldiers’. The new system is backed by fingerprint security which aims to eliminate impersonation from the army.

With the system, identification cards embedded with a micro-chip containing biometric data about the soldier are easily printed. Additional information such as blood-group help to expedite treatment (like transfusion) in case of an accident or identification in case of tragedy.

The system is the first in a series of ICT projects for the UPDF. The next step is aimed at the effective management of logistics, including tracking fuel.

via Henry Mukasa of New Vision at