June 11, 2009

Ghost workers: 8-classroom school has 38 teachers

By Isiaka Oyibo

LOKOJA — KOGI State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, yesterday, gave a startling revelation of how a public school in the state with eight classes had 38 teachers. This he attributed to over-bloated staff  lists in the state.
He promised that his administration is all out to fight the issue of ghost workers in the state.

The governor, who spoke on the ongoing staff audit exercise in the state in a chat with journalists, described the situation as very outrageous and unacceptable to the government.

“How do you explain a situation where teachers outnumbered the number of classes and pupils?” he asked.

Idris said the staff screening exercise was one of the best things that ever happened to his administration saying, “Unless something is done about the current state of the workforce, the incoming administration would definitely have problems and would not have the boldness to stream it down.”

According to the governor, “I want to leave a legacy for the person coming after me so that he can start on a sound and clean note.”