By Adeola Aderounmu
One of the craziest news from Nigeria this morning is the alarm raised in Akwa Ibom that there are at least 8000 ghost workers in the state civil service.
This is not news in Nigeria.
Over the years ghost workers have always existed and they will always exist for as long as corruption and stupidity remain unpunished.
The economy department of the various Ministries know about the ghsot workers. The various heads of departments know about the ghost workers.
The truth is that the human resource department, the economy department and the head of the various department must know about the criminality in Akwa Ibom state. It is a national trend in Nigeria.
These funds are what some people have used to build houses, build hotels and buy fancy cars. They claim that ministry work is lucrative because they steal from government the same way government itself steal from the people.
Don’t be fooled! The 8000 ghost workers in Akwa Ibom are not going to disappear. What will happen with this open knowledge is that the people who will benefit from the scandal and eventual cover-up will increased.
Ghost workers don’t disappear in Nigeria. They will always be there as long as the people who are responsible from this case are not dismissed and made to refund the money they have stolen. Their properties will not be confiscated, instead they will be promoted.
Most of the people who rule in Nigeria are thieves and criminals, and this is why people get promoted even when they are known to be crooks and boot lickers.
Nigeria is no ordinary country!
Crazy things are normal in Nigeria.
By tomorrow nobody will be talking about this news and the scandal will continue.
Change will come with functional judiciary and sincere police force. Change will come when a radical wind of change blows acrosss Nigeria. Change will come when people can put patriotism above self, and when merits and dignity are attached to appointments and labour.
For now, the madness continues, unabated!
People are stealing right from the presidency down to the last man in the council, ghost workers are just by-products of the systemic decadence.