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One-month Old Baby: The Youngest Salary Earner in the World?

In Uncategorized on November 4, 2011 at 7:37 am

This isn’t a joke!

A one-month old baby, said to hold a diploma, was on the
Nigerian government payroll, officials have discovered, exposing the levels to
which corruption runs in Africa‘s most populous country.

The name of the infant was recently found on the payment voucher of a local
government council in northern Nigeria during an exercise to fish out ghost
employees from a bloated workforce, Garba Gajam, justice commissioner for
Zamfara State told AFP late Wednesday.

“In the on-going verification exercise of the payrolls … in the state we
discovered that a month-old baby was among the employees of one local government
who is paid a salary,” Gajam said.

“What is even more astonishing is that it was indicated in the payroll that
the infant holds an ordinary national diploma,” said Gajam, revealing that the
discovery is a “widespread trend in the local government service where senior
officials stuff payrolls with the names of their wives and children”.

In August the name of a five-month-old baby was found on the payroll of
another local municipality, prompting an investigation.

“And we have been receiving amazing revelations which point to the rot and
abysmal level of corruption at the local government level,” Gajam said.

Perpetrators will be have to refund the siphoned funds and face prosecution
for misappropriating public funds.

Zamfara is one of the 12 predominantly Muslim states in northern Nigeria that
adopted the sharia law which imposes amputation of a wrist for theft.

So far no-one has been tried for corruption in a sharia court in the state
since the re-introduction of the penal code in 1999.

In 2001, two cattle rustlers had their right wrists amputated in separate
sentences, drawing local and international outrage.

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