According to Vin Ezeaka, the chairman of the Anambra State Local Government Service Commission, certain local government areas use the payment of pensions and wages to “ghost workers” as a dishonest way to inflate their wage costs.
On Monday, Ezeaka, who is now touring the state’s LGAs for familiarisation purposes, made this statement while denouncing the act.
He warned system employees to abstain from any malpractice or prepare to face the consequences.
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 such acts would shoot up the wage bills of LGAs, stressing that henceforth workers’ salaries would be paid based on the number of times they come to work.
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.”
He called for the stoppage of all financial irregularities in the local government system, stating that disciplinary actions would be taken against defaulters.
He assured the workers that there would be rewards for performance with a view to boost morale and increase productivity.
Ezeaka pointed out that heads of department found wanting in his or her duties would be demoted, adding that the commission would no longer condone any negative attitude that will undermine the commission and the local government system.
“The issue of sharing of staff claims without due process must stop. Government has promised to bring back local government councils revenue windows back to LGAs, provided the workers are ready to change their attitude to work and abide by government’s policies and directives,” he added.
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