Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has announced that his government will soon conduct verification exercise for the state civil servants in order to flush out ghost workers in the state.
Governor Ahmed made this known while addressing members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) across the state at a banquet hall in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.
The workers, according to him, include primary school teachers, local government workers amongst others as well as pensioners in the state.
The Governor lamented that dwindling fund has affected the smooth running of government as there was no more excess funds to be shared.
He said that the fund expected to be returned from the payment to ghost workers would be channelled towards provision of essential needs of the people.
Governor Ahmed warned those involved in the shady deals to desist to avoid being dealt with in accordance with the law.
This may not be the best of time for the local government administration in Ogun State; south west Nigeria as its umbrella body, the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees; NULGE has announced an indefinite strike to press home their demands.
The indefinite strike action was announced by the President of the union Mr. Tajudeen Olusesi in Abeokuta the state capital, saying that an agreement reached with executives of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in the state, was not implemented, hence, their decision to embark on the industrial action
According to him strike began after the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum issued by the union for government to address all the issues.
The union said that all the local governments in the state were being confronted with various challenges ranging from non- payment of salaries as at when due, funding of primary school education, unpaid deductions from workers’ salaries among other issues.
The association however decried the state government unwillingness to place local government workers salaries and allowances on first line charge as it is being practiced in some South West states.
The union emphasized the need for the state government to share the burden of payment of primary school teachers instead of shifting it on the local governments.