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Nigerian govt removes close to 24,000 ghost workers

Govt says it’s saving around $12m dollars a month after removing workers from its payroll.

Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari (R). Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - The Nigerian government says it's saving around $12 million dollars a month by removing nearly 24,000 workers from its payroll.

The audit, revealing their non-existence, is part of an anti-corruption campaign by President Muhammadu Buhari who came into power last year.

Corruption and mismanagement have long been a challenge to Nigeria's growth and government has promised to cut costs.

Africa's biggest economy and the continent's top oil producer finds its finances are under strain, due to the recent collapse in oil prices.

The country has also faced rising inflation, a stock market slump and the slowest pace of economic growth in more than a decade.

The audit started in December. It used biometric data and bank verification numbers to identify workers being paid who did not correspond to the names linked to the bank accounts.

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