Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has constituted a committee to immediately implement the screening report on the actual workforce of the state Teaching Service Board, TSB.
The governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, said that the committee will headed by Commissioner for Education, Professor Dennis Ityavyar.
He made this known on Wednesday at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi shortly after receiving the screening report from the Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr. Frank Kyungun.
Ortom warned that this who had milked the board through ghost workers must be identified and prosecuted.
He also directed that the ghost names be immediately deleted from the payment voucher.
The Governor Ortom also charged the TSB boss to ensure that the names to be deleted do not find their way back on the payroll.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary TSB, Dr. Kyungun said the screening uncovered 433 ghost workers on the payroll after verification of 4,473 staff across the three senatorial zones of the state.
He further stated that the committee uncovered 18 dead persons, 70 retired staff, 193 redeployed staff among other irregularities on the payroll who were accordingly expunged.
He identified challenges confronting the board to include lack of utility vehicles and overhead among others and solicited government’s intervention.
Other members of the implementation committee constituted by the Governor include representative of the Head of Service, representatives each from Commissioner for Finance, office of the Accountant General, Attorney General and Commissioner for justice while the Executive Secretary of TSB will serve as secretary of the implementation committee.