A WORKER verification exercise carried out by the Federal Government in Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) has shown that 17,000 “fake employees” are on the payroll of the firm. It was also discovered that PHCN has 6,000 casual workers. The biometric project was undertaken by Creative HR, which in its report, said there was massive fraud in both the number and engagement of the workers, which the Labour unions have allegedly defended.
A Presidency official told The Guardian at the weekend that the exercise had formally ended and the result very shocking. The official said figures collated by Creative HR during the exercise, which started on October 19, 2011, indicate that instead of the 40,000-47,000 work-force being brandished for PHCN, only a little over 30,000 personnel showed up for screening.