In a statement by Nigeria’s Federal Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s total wage bill per month is about NGN165 billion, approximately USD526 million.
He made the revelations when answering questions on how much the Nigerian government has recovered in its anti-corruption campaign
“What we have recovered and if my record is right is about N78 billion, and 3 million dollars.
“We have been able to block various accounts in which about 9 billion dollar is found but those are not money available to us because we are still in court over them.
“The government spends N165 billion every month to pay federal civil servants, even what has been so far recovered will not even pay 50 per cent of the salaries in a month.’’
The government of President Buhari had promised to prune down the size of government when it took office in May of last year. The government had discovered massive numbers of ghost workers who were deleted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information, IPPIS.
IPPIS is managed by office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in collaboration with Office of the Head of Service (OHCSF), Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC), Budget Office of the Federation (BOF), Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (OAUGF), and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
The government had threatened to deal with all offenders but no trial and or mention of person behind the fraud till date