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Replace 23,000 Ghost Workers With Unemployed Youths, Reps Tells FG

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The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, asked the Federal Government to replace the discovered 23,000 ghost workers in the civil service with unemployed youths.

This followed the adoption of the motion, which was brought under matters of urgent public importance by Dickson Tarkighir (Benue -APC).

Tarkighir explained that since the government system was capable of catering for 23,000 none existing workers, it should be able to engage such number of unemployed youth.

He said, “I am not in doubt of the many curriculum vitae my colleagues have continued to collect from schooled, but jobless constituents.

“This House has the identity of one commitment, which is to ease the plight of Nigerians and of our youths especially.

“We will, therefore, be living the essence of our stewardship, if we once again show them that we care about their welfare and progress.

“There is no task more honouring than that. When ghost workers were discovered, we spoke out vehemently asking that Nigerian youth, eager and willing to work are made to replace ghost workers,” he said.

According to him, 23,000 workers drawn from each state and Abuja will give each state about 621 employees.

“This is about 14 persons per local government. From Kano State that has 44 local governments, it’s about 27 applicants off the unemployed cadre. From each of the 23 local governments of Benue State, it’s about 36 applicants off the street.

“Do the Mathematic per state, Federal constituency and you will have a grasp of what effect the decision of this House on this day shall have on the nation,” he added.

Also, sequel to a motion moved by Honourable Abdulahi Faruk, the Lawmakers agreed to investigate the number of Nigerians who are currently holding more than one public office and receiving benefits from such offices in Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).

Hon Faruk had said too much money was being spent to maintain public officials, to an extent that about 70 per cent yearly budget was allocated for recurrent expenditure.

“There is a need to put an end to the illegal and unjust enrichment of such individuals, with public funds to the detriment of millions of other Nigerians, especially at this period of fall in oil price,” he said.

The two motions were unanimously adopted when it was put to vote by the Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, who presided over the session.