The Executive Chairman of Otukpo Local Government Council, Hon. Chief George Alli yesterday set up a Local Government Staff Verification committee, headed by Hon. Agbo Uloko.
The Chairman mandated the committee to investigate and “fish out” every ghost workers to enable the Council ascertain the genuine workers of the Local Government.
In his words, “some persons are there earning salaries which they are not entitled to, that is unacceptable”.
The Chairman assured the Council workers that those who have no skeleton in their cupboard have nothing to fear, saying “the excercie is not meant to witch-hunt anybody”.
The Chairman decried a situation in which Benue State wage bill is almost competing with that of Lagos and Kano State respectively: and said the committee, upon inauguration, should help to unmask such workers on the Council’s payroll.
Responding, the Committee Chairman, Hon. Agbo Uloko, thanked the Chairman, “for the confidence reposed” in the Committee members. He particularly commended the Chairman for taking the bold step of treading where other politicians ordinarily for political consideration, dare not: but that “posterity will judge everyone of us”.
Remarkably, the last time Local Government Staff Verification exercise was conducted was during the Administration of Late Col. Anthony Ochefu Rtd, in 1998. Also, the Otukpo Local Government Staff Verification template is being adopted by other Local government Council in Benue State.
The (8) members committee includes the following:
1) Hon. Agbo Uloko – Chairman.
2) Hon. Dan Eka – Secretary
3) Hon. Alice Albert – Member
4) Hon. Godwin O. Ogiri – Member
5) Augustine Elaigwu – Member
6) Mr. Ogbe Ochekliye – Member
7) Mr. Egbe Joseph – Member
8) Mr. Desmond Oogwu – Member.
The Committee is to commence work immediately and has two weeks to submit report of her findings to the Local government Council Chairman.
The menace of ghost workers poses grave danger to governance in Nigeria. there’s hardly a government formation that is not linked to this ugly tide today. Many analyst believe that most beneficiaries of this crime are respected and highly placed individuals in our society. They also said that if all the Government at the Federal, states and Local government that have carried out staff verification exercise in the past and in recent times had shown enough political will by naming, shaming and prosecute those found culpable, it would be discourage those engaging in the act.
Meanwhile, the Otukpo Local government Council Chairman, Hon. George Alli, also commissioned the newly renovated Otukpo Legislative Council hall, for ease of doing the business of Legislation by the Legislative Council. The old tables and and plastic chairs that was in the Council was replaced with new leather seats and office desk which provides better comfort.