Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Benue SUBEB Investigates 2,500 Ghost Workers

The Benue State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, has commenced investigation into the alleged recruitment of 2,500 fictitious workers and unqualified teachers on its payroll.

Executive Chairman of the Board, Reverend Philip Tachin, made this known after being screened at the ongoing modified table payment and screening organised by the state government for workers in Makurdi, the state capital.

Reverend Tachin said the investigation became necessary to enable the board ascertain the employment status of those concerned, their respective qualifications and to check leakage in the finances of the board.

He said: “The committee we have set up will help us fish out ghost teachers and workers on the payroll of the board and to ascertain the qualifications of those who claim to be teachers on our payroll.

“It may surprise you to know that we presently have over 18,700 teachers in 2,753 primary schools and we still have complaints of insufficient teachers in our schools. It is a strange development.
“So with the committee in place, it will help us fish out ghost workers and also help us apprehend those behind the fraud for necessary prosecution.”

The Executive Chairman, who commended the state government for embarking on the modified table payment exercise, said it was long overdue given the huge sums the state lost monthly to masterminds of the ghost workers.

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