An ongoing staff verification at the National Assembly has led to the discovery of about 150 ghost workers, The Nation has learnt.
“The verification exercise has turned up fundamental discoveries,” one source said.
The verification is part of the measures put in place to reduce the running cost of the legislative arm.
It was gathered that the debt profile of the National Assembly which is put at N17billion has been giving the leadership some concern.
The huge debt is understood to be largely responsible for the inability of the management to procure utility vehicles for the lawmakers at once, as well as upgrading of existing facilities and embarking on other projects.
A sum of N7b is earmarked for the purchase of utility vehicles for the lawmakers in the 2017 budget.
To address the debt and other management issues, following a protest by legislative aides, the management embarked on the staff verification exercise that commenced last year with legislative aides.