The member representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South, and Ekwusigo federal constituencies, Chris Azubogu has narrated how he helped stop N100 million monthly loss in Anambra State.
In a statement,Azubogu said before 2007, Anambra State was losing a humongous amount to ghost workers and ghost schools.
According to him,some schools only existed on paper, while funds mapped out for them and staff of such schools were pocketed by certain individuals.
Azubogu said, “Between 1999 to 2003, Anambra State civil servants severally went on strike; at a point, schools were closed and students were at home for over one year.
In 2007,he approached the Anambra State government, headed by Mr Peter Obi with a proposal and was later given the job of consulting for them on payroll management.
We conducted biometric verification of state civil servants and removed ghost workers and ghost schools from the payroll.
It was during that verification exercise that I found out that there were schools that existed on paper in government offices at Awka, but were not on the ground anywhere!
They were what I referred to as ‘Ghost schools’ that were used to loot government money; thus making it impossible for the government to pay salaries.
That helped the state government to pay the right or actual salaries promptly and, more importantly, enabled the administration to save about N100 million every month,” Azubogu stated.