Nigeria launches biometric assault on ghost workers
22 June 2015 16:05 GMT

Nigeria’s Kaduna State has begun a biometric registration process that aims to root out so-called “ghost workers” who are drawing fake salaries and benefits.

Launched on Wednesday, the process will see a biometric verification of all civil servants in the state’s payroll, according to a statement by Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.

The biometric registration process will be carried out simultaneously in three zones from locations in Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria.

“All civil servants should physically appear before the verification team for screening and collection of their salary cheques for the month of June 2015,” a statement from the ministry noted.

In November, the Kenyan government stopped the salaries of more than 12,500 ‘ghost workers’ who failed to show up for a headcount following a biometric registration of government employees.

Following the registration, only 160,012 employees out of the expected 172,522 had showed up with their supporting papers.  

In May, major Nigerian banks said that a biometric Bank Verification Number initiative that has been implemented by the central bank will cut down on foreign exchange fraud.  

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