By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”Imo State Government has directed that â€œall local government staff, who connived in pay-rolling 673 non-staff, amounting to N14.55million monthly, should be identified and appropriately sanctioned.
Government also directed that the Local Government Service Commission should, with immediate effect, retire all the over-aged and over-served workers in all the local councils.
This directive is part of a white paper on the Biometric Staff Audit of the 27 local government areas in Imo state, issued by the state government.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has called on its members, sacked by the government white paper to eschew violence in their effort to get justice.
The National Auditor of NULGE, Mr Steve Ibe, made the appeal in Owerri while addressing the 673 persons affected by the purge, adding that the Union would ensure that all legitimate staff of the local government system will not lose their jobs.
Speaking also, the State chairman of NULGE, Mr Linus Nwajere, pointed out some identifiable irregularities in the white paper, adding that some of the people government branded â€œghost workersâ€ were senior local council staff on transfer to the Ministry of Local Government in the state.