OrderPaperToday- Worried by the shocking discovery of 23,000 ghost workers in the Federal Civil Service across Nigeria, members of the House of Representatives are considering a proposal that will seek to replace the invisible workers with many willing unemployed youths.
Dickson Tarkighir, Member representing Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency of Benue State presented this motion yesterday during Plenary.
“It is no doubt very disturbing, the discovery that while millions of eligible Nigerians are without jobs, some unscrupulous elements within the federal civil service have deliberately engaged in not just the falsifying of the staff strength of the service but have upped the numbers by several thousand wherein they sit and collect accruing salaries and allowances while applicants continue to roam the streets in several hundreds of thousands without jobs”.
Leading the debate on the motion, Tarkighir said that if the 23,000 ghost workers are drawn from the 36 states of the federation besides Abuja, each state would stand to have 621 employment opportunities.
Many lawmakers lent weight to the motion, maintaining that since the system has demonstrated the financial capacity to withstand the pressure of catering for over 23,000 ghost workers, it would be patriotic to advise the executive arm of government to replace those workers with qualified applicants from all over the Nigeria.
Tarkighir further stated:“Do the maths per state, per federal constituency and you will have a grasp of what effect the decision of this house on this day shall have on the nation on the unemployed who voted us with the belief that we shall better their lots”.