50 'ghost' schools uncovered in Niger state

Niger State governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has raised the alarm that 50 ghost schools have been discovered on the nominal roll in the state.

Governor Aliyu, who raised the alarm before the weekly State Executive Council Meeting at the Government House, Minna, lamented that the Ghosts schools were discovered on the lists of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, and the state Ministry of Education.

Aliyu noted that the schools, which could not be located on ground anywhere in the state, must have gulped several millions of naira on monthly basis, as they had been used to siphon money from the state coffers.

“Imagine 50 ghost schools. At least in each of the schools, there would not have been less than 10 teachers on the payroll. That would amount to 500 teachers. Imagine the salaries and allowances of ghost teachers in such ghost schools, the amount would have been monumental”, he stated.