By Hope Abah
The Benue State government is working hard to check ghost workers.
Special Adviser to the governor on Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs (BLGCA), Prince Solomon Wombo, while briefing newsmen in Makurdi, said by the end of the on-going exercise, the state will have a list of genuine workers.
“We are doing biometrics now and by the end of October, the automation centre would have fully captured the salaries data of genuine workers. In that way, we will stop the activities of ghost workers in the councils,” he said.
Wombo added that some local government workers connived with dubious agencies to get employment letters through the back door, thereby increasing the state’s wage bill.
He said ordinarily, structures of local government area were designed to accommodate at least 400 workers in each council but that “the activities of evil minded people have increased the numbers of staff to above 1, 800 in each of the areas.”