About 250 Ghost workers have been discovered in the teacher’s payroll by the Ebonyi state government.

This was made known by the executive chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Hyacinth Ikpor on Monday in Abakaliki, the state capital.

He stated that a lot of fraudulent act have been discovered. Some teachers have been receiving double salaries; others who are not teachers are being paid as teachers yet they receive salaries from other government establishments.

He said that the board was doing all it takes to sanitize the system.

“We been able to discover ghost workers in the system. Ghost workers not just in school system but also in various ministries. Just last week, we caught somebody, a level 10 officer, who is given three jobs. He is working in UBEB, Civil Service Commission and another ministry and he has collected about 10 million naira,” he said.

“We have caught some who are receiving double salaries. We have stopped their pay until we conclude our investigations.

“We have also uncovered a case where a teacher got somebody to be teaching for her since 2012 and she left. The person she hired has been in this school teaching and answering her name while she pays this auxiliary teacher N8, 000 and she takes the rest. And neither the teachers nor the head teacher in the school complained and I was told she lives in Abuja.

Also, the state commissioner for education, John Ekeh, has publicly declared the demotion of four Secondary School Principals in the state for their absenteeism, indolence and truancy.

The listed schools include: Community Secondary School, Oshiegbe, Kpakpaji High School, Girls High School Ndulo Ngbo and Community Secondary School Umuezeokaha.