By Taye Obateru
Jos – The Plateau State Government says it has saved about N30 million being paid to ghost workers in a single local government area of the state under an on-going audit of the staff of local government areas in the state.
Speaking at theÂ swearing in the new Chairman of Langtang South Local Government Area, Mr. Hitler Dadi of the Action Congress following his victory last week at the Local Government Election Appeal Tribunal , GovernorÂ Jang said the staff audit undertaken by the state government was yielding fruits with the discovery that the said amount was going to ghost workers in Wase Local Government Area adding that a similar exercise would soon be carried out in Jos North Local Government Area.
He said efforts would continue towards making the councils vibrant and responsive to the yearnings of the people disclosing that an 11-member committee has been constituted to monitor the usage of funds from the Paris Club exit Debt Relief Fund and the excess Crude account.
He added that he had also started making releases from the N7.4 billion funds belonging to local governments which were earlier withheld saying government would strictly monitor to ensure judicious usage of the funds.
Jang commended Dadi for patiently pursuing his complaint through the rule of law rather than taking the law into his hands.
He said the new chairman who was once an appointed chairman for the area now had an opportunity to continue from where he stopped in the service of his people.