OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has mandated its Committees on Anti–Corruption and Public Service to investigate the issues of ghost workers on the nominal rolls, payroll padding and fake employment in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the federal government.

The House also urged the Committees to probe and ascertain different approvals and waivers for employment given to the MDAs in the last 5 years by the Head of Service.

In a related development, the House resolved to set up an adhoc committee to investigate allegations by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) that about 257 duplicated projects were discovered in the 2021 budget.

These decisions followed a motion presented by Mr. Bagos Dachung (PDP, Plateau) entitled, “Call to Investigate the High Level of Corruption on Nominal Rolls of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs),” on Thursday.

Leading debate on the motion, Bagos noted the report of high level corruption being perpetrated in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the country.

He noted that “President Muhammadu Buhari, on 30 November, 2021 ordered the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to take actions against Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and other personnel involved in project racketeering, budget and payroll padding as well as ghost worker’s retention.”

He also noted that the Chairman of the ICPC stated that the review of the 2021 Budget led to the discovery of 257 duplicated projects with a combined worth of N20.138 billion.

“The corrupt practices are carried out in all facet of the activities of the MDAs, with the highest list been the issue of payroll padding and ghost workers’ retention, these funds find their way into the pockets of the Chief Executives, Officers/ Heads of the MDAs at the expense of the nation,” Mr. Bagos said, adding:

“These corrupt practices have diverted the country’s revenue meant to be channeled into economic development and capital projects”.

The motion was unanimously passed when the presiding officer, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila put the question.

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