Kogi State judiciary has uncovered 268 ghost workers on the payroll of the state high court.
The Chairman of the Staff Verification Committee, Justice Mohammed Etsu Umar, disclosed this on Wednesday while presenting the report to the Acting Chief Judge, Justice Josiah Joe Majebi, in Lokoja.
The committee also recommended the termination of all ‘illegal’ appointments into the services of the Kogi State judiciary between January 2021 and June 2022.
Justice Umar said the malpractice had led to an ‘astronomical’ increase in personnel emoluments, representing a 40 per cent increase in personnel cost.
“After a careful check of the names of newly employed staff from January 2021 to June 2022, the staff disposition list and payroll, it was discovered that some of the names on the payroll could not be found on the staff disposition list of the courts and other departments.
“Therefore, it is an indication that though their names are on the payroll, they do not have duty stations and do not work anywhere in the inspectorate offices,” he said.
In his remarks, the CJ said the assignment would be a continuous exercise to ensure due process and diligence in staff recruitment and administration.
He promised to implement the recommendations of the committee without delay.