A ONE-month-old baby, said to hold a diploma, was on the Nigerian government payroll, officials have discovered, exposing the rampant corruption in Africa’s most populous country.
The name of the infant was recently found on the payment voucher of a local government council in northern Nigeria during an exercise to fish out ghost employees from a bloated workforce, Garba Gajam, justice commissioner for Zamfara State told AFP late Wednesday.
“We discovered that a one-month-old baby was among the employees of one local government who is paid a salary,” Gajam said.
“What is even more astonishing is that it was indicated in the payroll that the infant holds an ordinary national diploma,” said Gajam, revealing that the discovery is a “widespread trend in the local government service where senior officials stuff payrolls with the names of their wives and children”
In August the name of a five-month-old baby was found on the payroll of another local municipality, prompting an investigation.
Perpetrators will have to refund the siphoned funds and face prosecution for misappropriating public funds