Anambra LG pay salaries, pensions to ‘ghost workers’

Anambra State Local Government Service Commission Chairman, Vin Ezeaka, has disclosed that some local government areas in the state pay pensions and salaries to “ghosts workers”.

The Chairman made the statement during an ongoing familiarisation tour of LGAs in the state yesterday. He said such acts would shoot up the wage bills of LGAs and therefore charged workers in the system to shun all forms of malpractices or be ready to face the sanctions.

While lamenting that the act was being perpetrated by corrupt cashiers, the commission ordered, that henceforth, workers above grade level 10 are prohibited from serving as local government cashiers.

He said, “The familiarisation tour is in line with Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s matching orders to bring Anambra State local government system to its original mandate geared towards ensuring sustainable development of the grassroots.”

“We can’t understand why deceased workers and retirees should be included on the payroll system. The purpose of the tour is to restore the lost glory of the local governments as well as attending to the challenges facing the various councils which hamper productivity and effective service delivery.”

“The present board of the commission was inaugurated on October 19 to transform, revive and bring back discipline in the unified local government system. The resolution of the board to introduce biometric electronic monitoring machine in the local government system is to monitor workers’ attendance to work. Workers salaries will soon be paid based on the number of times they come to work.”

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