Newborn on Nigeria payroll, earning $150 a month

Last Updated: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 23:45

Lagos: An official says a newborn baby in Nigeria got added to a government payroll, and has been earning about $150 for the last three years.

Zamfara State Attorney General Garba Gajam told a news agency on Friday that the baby was one of many so-called "ghost workers" found to be getting salaries without performing a job.

The employee is listed as being 1-month-old, though Gajam said the child`s father actually started collecting the salary before the baby was born.

He said the state is trying to reverse a trend that has government workers giving fictitious jobs to family members to increase their earnings.

Corruption in oil-rich Nigeria trickles down from politicians to the lowest police officer shaking down bribes at traffic checkpoints.

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First Published: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 23:34

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