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Title:
GHOST WORKERS FRAUD, BLOATED WAGE BILL AND EMPLOYMENT REDUCTION IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION SECTOR IN BAYELSA STATE

Authors:
Oguzierem, U. Allen & Sofiri Joab-Peterside


Volume - 2 Issue - 11, Pages - 5024-5039

Abstract:
This paper examines the issue of ghost workers fraud and how it impacts wage bill and unemployment in primary and secondary education sector in Bayelsa State. The study adopted cross-section and ex post-facto research design and gathered data through structured questionnaire and content analysis. A sample size of 622 respondents was drawn from primary and secondary education sector through a combination of purposive and simple random sampling techniques. The study adopted Fraud Management lifecycle theory by Wilhelm (2004) as its theoretical framework. Mean and standard deviation were used in answering the research questions while chi-square was used in testing the hypotheses for the research. All results above mean of 2.5 were accepted. The findings of the study indicated that the incidence of ghost workers fraud not only bloats the wage bills in primary and secondary education sector, it reduces employment opportunities for qualified applicants. We recommended among other things for the centralization of employment process in the State to eliminate ghost workers fraud in order to save public funds for infrastructural development especially in primary and secondary education sector.

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[Allen, Oguzierem, U., and Sofiri Joab-Peterside. "GHOST WORKERS FRAUD, BLOATED WAGE BILL AND EMPLOYMENT REDUCTION IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION SECTOR IN BAYELSA STATE." International Journal of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 2, no. 11, 2017, pp. 5024-5039. November.]

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