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How I Solved Monthly N100m Loss to Ghost Workers, Schools – Azubogu

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The member representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ekwusigo federal constituency, Hon Chris Azubogu has narrated how he helped stop N100million monthly loss in Anambra State.

Azubogu in a press statement said before 2007, Anambra State was losing the humongous amount to ghost workers and ghost schools.

He lamented that before then, some schools only existed on paper, while funds mapped out for them and staff of such schools were pocketed by certain individuals.

Azubogu said: “Between 1999 to 2003, Anambra State civil servants severally went on strike; at a point, schools were closed and students were at home for over one year.

“As a young Tech Entrepreneur running an IT firm in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, then specializing on the use of IT to solve private and public organizational problems, I was so concerned about the unpalatable situation in my state and thinking of how to use my talent and IT solutions to solve the problem.”

Azubogu said in 2007, he approached Anambra State government, headed by Mr Peter Obi with a proposal and was later given the job of consulting for them on payroll management.

“We conducted biometric verification of state civil servants and removed ghost workers and ghost schools from the payroll.

“It was during that verification exercise that I found out that there were schools that existed on papers in government offices at Awka, but were not on the ground anywhere!

“They were what I referred to as ‘Ghost schools’ that were used to loot government money; thus making it impossible for the government to pay salaries.

“That helped the state government to pay the right or actual salaries promptly and, more importantly, enabled the administration save about N100million every month,” Azubogu stated.

The lawmaker who is also running for Senate to represent Anambra South zone said his passion has primarily been to contribute to good governance.

He said: “I am running for the Senate as the candidate of APGA and I seek the votes of Ndi Anambra South to deepen the interpretation of my established passion to serve the people.”

Ifeizu

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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