ghost workers, Nigeria

Biometrics for better government finances

Nigeria saves $11 million after removing 20,000 ‘ghost workers’ (Hindustan Times)

Nigeria’s government has removed more than 20,000 non-existent workers from its payroll following an audit, leading to savings of 2.29 billion naira ($11.53 million) from its monthly wage bill, the Finance Ministry said on Sunday.

The audit used biometric data and a bank verification number (BVN) to identify holders of bank accounts into which salaries were being paid.

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