The government of Nigeria has erased almost 24,000 ‘ghost’ names from its payroll after a preliminary audit reported the names to be non-existent, the Finance Ministry said.
The audit was an action initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari, as a part of his anti-corruption campaign.
“The audit utilized biometric data and a bank verification number to identify holders of bank accounts into which salaries were being paid,” Reuters news agency reported.
The audit, which started in December, showed that some employees received salaries from multiple sources, BBC reported.
The Finance Ministry will also carry out periodic evaluations and electronic auditing techniques to prevent new fraudulent misrepresentations in the near future.
The cancelling of those names has in turn saved Nigeria approximately $11.5m monthly.