Ortom laments decay in LG system as Commission uncovers 3,460 ghost workers

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Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The Governor of Benue state,Dr. Samuek Ortom, today lamented the decay in the local government system, pointing out that his administration would take proactive measures to plug the leakages and reposition the local governments.

The governor said this when the chairman of the Benue state Local Government Service Commission, Hon. Bem Melladu, was presenting the Commission’s report to to him at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi.

In his speech, the governor commended the courage and commitment of Chairman of the Commission and his team to the assignment.

He also gave assurance that the State Executive Council would deliberate on the Local Government Service Commission’s report in its next meeting.

While presenting the reports, Dr. Melladu said the Commission had uncovered 3,460 ghost workers on the payroll of the 23 local governments in the state.

According to him, out of a total of 18,426 employees, only 14,966 turned up for verification.

Dr. Melladu stated that the verification equally uncovered names of deceased staff on the payroll, salary padding, redundancy as well as falsification of retirement dates among other fraudulent practices at the third tier of government in the state.

He said the exercise would help reduce the huge wage bill of local governments in the state and make more funds available for projects and recommended prompt action to sanitize the system.