A screening committee set up by the Benue State Teaching Service Board (TSB) has uncovered four hundred and thirty three ghost staff on the payroll of the agency.
Executive Secretary of TSB, Dr. Frank Kyungun made this known when he presented the report of the committee to Governor Samuel Ortom during EXCO meeting.
Dr. Kyungun said most of the ghost staff were discovered to be those who are due for retirement but were still in service, those who were dead but their names still on the payroll and those who were on the payroll but under employment elsewhere.
He stated that the ghost workers have illegally been collecting over ₦100 million, with the committee also discovering that some schools on the payroll of the Government such as Igede Community Secondary School, Akwuda only existed on paper.
Receiving the report, Governor Samuel Ortom expressed shock at the discoveries made by the committee and assured that no stone would be left unturned to ensure that those behind the fraudulent practice are fished out and dealt with.
Governor Ortom therefore set up a committee headed by the Commissioner of Education, Professor Dennis Ityavyar with representatives from Ministries of Justice, Finance, Information, Accountant General Office and Head of Service to ensure full implementation of the report.