By Dele Ogbodo â€¨in Abujaâ€¨
The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, has disclosed the commission has started a check on e-governance mode of paying salaries with a view to uncovering sharp practices in the pay roll to fish out ghost workers in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) across the country.
The chairman made the disclosure in a statement signed by the commission's spokesman, Mr. Folu Olamiti, during a television interview programme at the weekend in Abuja.
According to him, operatives of ICPC were already in the fields visiting various banks to check whether the person whose name is on the nominal roll and on the pay roll in a particular ministry, is the same person who is receiving it in the bank.
Nta said: "The so-called clever internet experts will insert a fake name at the pay roll section and do your biometrics, send it by e-payment to your bank and somebody else will pick it up."
He said ICPC operatives were currently carrying out authentication of what is on nominal roll and that of pay roll in some banks. These checks, he said, were necessary because of the e-governance system of paying salaries which had removed so many bottlenecks, as cashiers now pay directly to the banks.
"You had a whole lot of people involved with the cashier to move money, but now the system has removed those elements of man to man contact," Nta said.
The ICPC Chairman said, these checks by ICPC operatives were working well and called on the members of the public to avail themselves the opportunity by contacting the commission promptly.
He agreed that there should be a lot more of communication literacy to fully establish ways of reporting, adding that the ICPC had fully got involved in public enlightenment and that, one of the ways was to contact him through his e-mail -firstname.lastname@example.org promising that requests would be handled with dispatch.
Nta said he had started clearing the perception that one need to physically report infractions to us as this had slowed down ICPC activities.
"I want to use this opportunity to state that the moment you have any credible issue to send to us, go ahead and do it as we have a much more responsive system now." he said.