The Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment says it has commenced investigations into allegations of ‘ghost workers’ made against it recently by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC.
The Ministry said it is also establishing job centres across the country to attain the current administration’s target of lifting one hundred million citizens from poverty by 2030.
Only recently, the Federal government launched Project T-MAX, a Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programme, TVET.
TVET is aimed at lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 8 years.
The Program began with seven pilot states, with the goal of empowering at least fifteen thousand citizens in each of the pilot states of Lagos, Ogun, Edo, Enugu, Kaduna, Nasarawa, and Gombe.
The Labour and Employment Ministry, whose Permanent Secretary is Kachollom Daju, is one of the Ministries crucial to the success of the plan.
As the administration works to establish centers in each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, she claims that 16 job centers have already been established.
Statistics provided by the National Bureau of Statistics indicate that unemployment rate in the country spiked to 33.3 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2020 from.27.1 per cent.
The Permanent Secretary implores journalists to work with reliable data to project the many efforts of the government at job creation.
She also spoke on the controversy generated by the recent report of the ICPC indicating the existence of ‘ghost workers’ in some ministries including Labour and Employment.
The Permanent Secretary assured Nigerians that anyone found culpable would be prosecuted
A report by the ICPC indicated that N49.9 billion was paid as salary to non existing government staff popularly called ‘Ghost Workers’ between January and June, 2022.