Koton-Karfe (Kogi) â€”Â The Chief Judge of Kogi State,Â Justice Nasir Ajana, has warned judiciary officers, whose relations constitute the bulk of ghost workers in the stateâ€™s judiciary, to dispense with their services immediately.
He told judiciary staff and officers at Koton-Karfe High Court, yesterday, in conti-nuation of his tour of judicial divisions, that the judiciary was finding it difficult to cope with over-bloated staff.
Ajana said the no fewer than 3,000 staff in the employ of theÂ judiciary had proved inadequate for the 300 courts in the state.
He blamed the development on the fact that not all workers on the payroll of the judiciary were at their duty posts working.
Ajana alleged that some senior judicial officers were dishonest by employing their relations only to send them on courses and study leave.
He noted with regret that the bonafide staff who had served for years were denied the opportunity, and promised that the issue of ghost workers would soon be fully addressed.
Ajana warned â€œdishonest officers to ask their wives and children to resign honourably before they are discovered.â€
He said the stateâ€™s High Courts and Magistratesâ€™ CourtsÂ were expected to employ a maximum of 16 and 12 workers respectively, while the lower courts would be manned by fewer personnel.