A newborn baby in Nigeria got added to a government payroll,earning about $150 a month for the last two or three years,a discovery indicative of the widespread corruption starving the oil-rich West African nation of much needed funds,authorities said Friday.
The baby was one of many so-called ghost workers found to be getting salaries without performing a job,said Garba Gajam,the attorney general of Zamfara state.
The employee was listed as being 1-month-old in government records,but Gajam said the childs father actually started collecting the salary before the baby was born. Records also show that the baby has a diploma.
Zamfara state has asked government workers to present their letters of employment and qualifications in a verification exercise meant to reverse a trend that has government workers giving fictitious jobs to family members to boost their pay checks.
Its at the local government level that this is most rampant, said Gajam. Leaving the local government with nothing to execute projects.
Offenders in Zamfara state will have to refund all the money collected over the years and will also most likely be prosecuted,said Gajam.