TheChairman of the Nasarawa House of Assembly’s Committee on Local Government Affairs, Anthony Obande, has moved to check cases of ghost workers in the state.
Mr. Obande [PDP] directed the directors of personnel management at the local government areas to compile and submit the list of their staff to enable the assembly to check the shortfall in workers’ salaries.
Mr. Obande gave the directive when the directors appeared before the joint committee on petition, information, local government and public accounts over incomplete payment of salaries at the local government areas.
The lawmakers had summoned the local government officials after it received a petition on payment of half salaries to some local government staff.
“Help the committee do a good job that would stop the lingering development area staff salaries problem in the state”.
The lawmaker further advised the local government officials to check absenteeism, lateness to duties among its staff in order to improve productivity and to enable them contribute their quota to national development.
Mr. Obande decried the high level of corruption at the local government level, urging the directors to exhibit high level of decency in tackling corruption and injustice at the grassroots.
Mr. Obande said that the level of corruption at the third tier of government is responsible for the decay in the system that slows development across board.
He also called on other public office holders to ensure accountability, transparency and good governance while discharging their duties.
The Director of Personnel Matters of Lafia East development area, Shaibu Ojah, thanked the assembly for its efforts at solving the lingering problem of salaries at the development areas in the state.
Mr. Ojah promised that he and his colleagues would be fair and just while discharging their duties in the interest of peace, progress and overall development of the country.