Taraba state Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB, has discovered fifty two million naira (N52m) being paid to ghost primary school teachers every month in the state.
Chairman of the board, Yakubu Agbaizo, who made the revelation while speaking with our reporter in Jalingo said the discovery was made following a recent screening of primary school teachers employed between August last year to date.
Yakubu Agbaizo explained that during the screening exercise, it was found out that most teachers employed within the period did not have requisite qualification and were employed without due approval.
The SUBEB Chairman noted that thousands of ghost names were also discovered in the payroll of many primary schools in the state as well as ghost primary schools in some Local Education Authorities across the state.
Agbaizo disclosed that in one of such ghost schools there were fourteen teachers who were all on grade level thirteen step one.
He expressed surprise that inspite of death and retirement of primary school teachers, the salary bill of the board remained the same and promised to go to the root of the problem to fish out syndicates perpetrating the dastardly act.
The Chairman alleged that in the past, appointment letters were sold to unqualified teachers between two hundred thousand and two hundred and fifty thousand naira each from the board.