THE National University of Science and Technology (Nust) yesterday began a payroll and skills audit at the institution to eliminate ghost workers gobbling thousands of dollars in salaries every month.
Nust lecturers and non-academic staff were directed to present themselves physically, with their identification particulars to the auditors to prove that they are not ghost workers.
Ernst and Young Chartered Accountants are conducting the audit, but it was not clear yesterday as to when they will finish the task.
Nust becomes the second government higher learning institution after the Midlands State University (MSU) to conduct such a payroll and skill audit to flush out bogus employees.
MSU conducted its audit last month.
“This is a government mandate to make an audit to eliminate ghost workers,” Lindiwe Nyoni, the Nust public relations officer said yesterday in an interview.
“We requested all the lecturers and non-academic staff to come physically with their identification particulars to the university yesterday to cross-check with the Nust payroll to find out if they were indeed employed by the university or were ghost workers.”