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Benue uncovers over 3400 ghost workers

Benue State Government has uncovered 3,460 ghost workers on the payroll of the 23 local governments in the state.

Chairman of the state Local Government Service Commission, Dr. Bem Melladu made this known today when he presented the Commission’s report to Governor Samuel Ortom at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi.

Dr. Melladu said out of a total of 18,426 employees, only 14,966 turned up for verification.

Dr. Melladu said the verification equally uncovered names of deceased staff on the payroll, salary padding, redundancy and falsification of retirement dates among other fraudulent practices.

He explained that the exercise would help reduce the huge wage bill of local governments in the state and make more funds available for projects.

Responding, Governor Ortom gave assurance that the State Executive Council would deliberate on the Local Government Service Commission’s report in its next meeting.

The Governor decried the decay in the local government system, saying his administration would take proactive measures to block the leakages and reposition the local governments.

He commended the courage and commitment of chairman of the commission and his team for a job well done.

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