Rangers chief executive, Christian Chukwu has been ordered to cut down on the number of staff at the NPFL club.
Chukwu has been directed to sack non-staff including those seconded to the team from different ministries and parastatals.
An official of the club said that a letter to this effect was handed to the former Green Eagles captain by the state government.
The government, the official further added, is irked that Rangers have many contract staff in their payroll as well as those seconded to the club from other government agencies.
“A letter to this effect has been given to the CEO, Christian Chukwu”, the official disclosed.
“That was last week Friday. Government was specific on the number of contract staff and those seconded to the club from other agencies.
“These staff were not actually recruited by Chukwu. They were engaged by the last management headed by Paul Ozor Chibuzor.
“But Chukwu is the man on the seat at the moment and he has been directed to rid the club of such category of staff or face the music himself”, the official added.
Rangers have been bedevilled by internal crisis in the aftermath of the sacking of former coach, Imama Amapakabo, who has been replaced by his former assistant, Chukwuma Agbo.
Rangers were later to order the arrest of their title-winning coach after he failed to return the club’s official car in his possession since he was relieved of his managerial position.
Organisers of the Premier League, the League Management Company, have since waded into the dispute, handing out a hefty sanction on the club following breaches in the LMC rules and framework in their handling of the dispute with their former coach.
Rangers, who broke their 32-year-old title drought last year, are now deep into relegation waters and face the risk of demotion at the close of the season with seven matches to the end of the season.