Newborn On Nigeria Payroll, Earning $150 A Month

newborn baby payroll
newborn baby payroll

By Yinka Ibukun


LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- A newborn baby in Nigeria got added to a government payroll, earning about $150 a month for the last two or three years, a discovery indicative of the widespread corruption starving the oil-rich West African nation of much needed funds, authorities said Friday.

The baby was one of many so-called "ghost workers" found to be getting salaries without performing a job, said Garba Gajam, the attorney general of Zamfara state located in Nigeria's arid and impoverished northwest.