The newspapers for Monday, January 23, focus on the charges the EFCC filed against five officials, who allegedly padded the FG payroll with about 50,000 ‘ghost’ workers among other news.
Five officials who allegedly padded the federal government payroll with about 50,000 ‘ghost’ workers have been charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Punch, citing a source at the anti-graft agency reports that the suspects had been charged to court but the case had not yet been assigned to any judge.
A detective at the commission said: “You will recall that the Ministry of Finance sent the names of some suspects perpetrating the ‘ghost’ workers’ fraud. We have been able to charge five people. However, investigations are still ongoing.”
“During the course of investigation, it was also discovered that a worker with the defunct Ministry of Housing and Urban Development was still receiving full salary after he had been transferred to the National Space Research and Development Agency. We discovered that he had collected N9.6m as salary while also collecting salary from his previous place of work.
“It was practically the fault of the ministry because the ministry did not stop his previous salary when it should have done so. The suspect is also culpable because he failed to inform the authorities.”
In other news, Vanguard reports that over N37.367 billion was expended on servicing 47 former governors from 21 of the nation’s states in pension payments and provision of houses, staff and motor vehicles replaceable between three and four years.
The newspaper stated that payment of pension to former governors over a four year cycle are highest in Bauchi, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos States with former governors drawing N23.18 billion N2.795 billion, N2.043 billion and N1.606 billion respectively over four years.
The payments which run into hundreds of millions per former chief executive in many cases cover expenses besides provisions for medical expenses for the former chief executives.
Meanwhile, Nigerians’ economic hardship has taken a turn for the worse as electricity supply dropped from the 4,883.9 megawatts (mw) it recorded in the last one month to 2,200mw as at January 21, 2017.
Guardian reports that this is far below the country’s installed capacity of 11,165.40mw and network operational capability of 5,500mw.
Over 450mw of electricity has been trapped at the Afam V Power Station in Rivers State following a fire incident, in which Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) protection and control equipment were destroyed last week.
The head of programmes and membership, Institute of Directors’ Centre for Corporate Governance, Nerus Ekezie, has said the drop in electricity supply will worsen the suffering of the citizens as the rate of inflation in the country is already 19.6 per cent.
Ekezie added that inadequate electricity would lead to high cost of production, increase in prices of goods and reduced purchasing power of consumers.