Gaidam warns LG of­fi­cials against ghost work­ers, sleaze

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Kabir Hamisu Matazu, Da­maturu

Gov­er­nor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State has warned chair­men of lo­cal gov­ern­ment coun­cils in the state and their newly ap­pointed trea­sur­ers and di­rec­tors of per­son­nel man­age­ment that he will take de­ci­sive ac­tion against any­one found to be di­vert­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment funds through the in­ser­tion of ghost names in the pay­roll.

The gov­er­nor said ghost-worker syn­drome had con­tin­ued to pose a se­ri­ous chal­lenge to the ca­pac­ity of the coun­cils to ex­e­cute cap­i­tal projects to the ben­e­fit of peo­ple at the grass­roots and even pay the coun­cil work­ers’ salaries.

The gov­er­nor spoke yesterday dur­ing a meet­ing with chair­men of the state’s 17 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas and their trea­sur­ers and di­rec­tors of per­son­nel man­age­ment at the Gov­ern­ment House, Da­maturu, say­ing, “There are still some lo­cal gov­ern­ments that did not have money for cap­i­tal projects af­ter the pay­ment of salaries. Worst still, some did not even have enough to pay their work­ers’ salaries. The sit­u­a­tion is ag­gra­vated by the preva­lence of ghost work­ers. In spite of the mea­sures taken by gov­ern­ment to check the sit­u­a­tion, the prob­lem per­sists due to the con­nivance of some lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.”

The gov­er­nor urged the coun­cil chair­men to take crit­i­cal and con­tin­u­ing look at their salary bills and con­duct a bio­met­ric ex­er­cise to re­move any ghost names in their pay­rolls.

The gov­er­nor also di­rected the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs and the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ser­vice Com­mis­sion to ur­gently or­gan­ise a work­shop for the newly ap­pointed trea­sur­ers and di­rec­tors of per­son­nel on pub­lic fi­nance man­age­ment to up­date their knowl­edge.

Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State ad­dresses lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in Da­maturu yesterday.

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