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.