By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI â€” Imo StateÂ Government has saidÂ it would no longer tolerate the irreconcilable and inexplicable delays in the payment of local government workers in the state.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Kezie Ogaziechi, read the riot act at the Joint Allocation Committee meeting with the local government transition committee chairmen in Owerri.
â€œIf the arising issues of not paying salaries to local government staff is traced to the leadership of such local council, the state government will not hesitate to deal with them appropriately,â€ Ogaziechi said.
He further disclosed that the state government was ever ready to restore confidence in the local government system, pointing out that local councils in the state had consistently received their allocations when due.
â€œIt must be put on record that the local government councils have consistently received their allocations when due.
â€œGovernment wonders why the leadership of some of these councils should deny their workers their salaries,â€ the Commissioner fumed.
He denied reports that the state government had been deliberately slow in handling complaints leveled against the local council administrations in the state.
Vanguard recalls that only recently, the transition committee chairmen of Onuimo, Obowo and Nwangele Local Government areas were summarily suspended from office for a number of alleged offences.