By Isiaka Oyibo
LOKOJA -Â OVER 10,000 workers of the Kogi State Government who joined the workforce with forged documents have been relieved of their appointments.
This development came even as the police said they were currently on the trail of the 19 accountants suspended by Governor Ibrahim Idris over their alleged involvement in the gross inflation of the monthly wage bill which had impaired development in the state.
The massive retrenchment exercise, Vanguard gathered, followed the recommendations of the report of the ongoing screening exercise by aÂ Â consulting firm engaged by the state government to authenticate the actual workforce on the its payroll.
It was learnt also that no fewer than 3,000 of the said numbers of workers whose names were removed from the payroll of government were discovered to be ghost workers who over the years have defrauded the state of several millions of naira undetected.
Confirming the retrenchment yesterday, Special Adviser to Governor Idris on Public Communication and Strategy, Phrank Shaubu, lamented the high rate of fraud in the civil service.
He said this was totally unacceptable to government, regretting that funds that would have been used for the overall development of the state were being used to pay ghost workers.
Meanwhile, tension has enveloped Lokoja, the Kogi State capital as workers across the state are poised for a show down with the government over the retrenchment exercise.