The war against ghost workers tour of Local Government by the chairman and board members of Local Government Service Commission has come to an end.
The journey, which began on September 30 and ended on November 22 saw the chairman and his team visiting all the local governments in the state.
The concluding part of the mission saw the team visiting Onitsha North Local Government Headquarters Onitsha, Ihiala Local Government Headquarters, Ihiala,Oyi Local Government Headquarters, Nteje.
At the three local governments visited, Onitsha North, Ihiala, and Oyi, their Chairmen, Patrick Agha Mba, Gregory Okafor,Dr Nnamdi Nwadiogbu said it was a welcome development, that the issue of ghost workers has been troubling the state, thereby delaying the payment of minimum wage. They emphasized on maximum cooperation on the key staff of the local governments to fish out the ghost workers in the system and commend the council for their efforts to move the LG forward.
Heads of Local Governments, Onitsha North and Ihiala thanked the chairman of the commission for bringing a lot of innovations to the system. They added that the coming of the council will improve the attendance of LGSC workers.
Earlier in his speech, the chairman of the council, Dr Peter Egenti said, the board had done a successful exercise, that some cases of ghost workers were discovered.”We will be happy to report to His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano, he has emphasized that the minimum wage will be difficult with the ghost workers. There are a lot of waste pipes in the system.”
Speaking to the reporters, Egenti said, ghost workers are not physical in existence, rather dead persons, those having double appointment, somebody not putting enough in the system and others. He added that the extreme cases are those who are dead and those who do not come to work.
He advised all the workers of LGSC to give their best and come to work, and be part of the campaign for change, to change the local government for better , noting that the key staff of the local government, and the local monitoring teams should be there to direct the staff to help the council move forward.