Ibrahim Obansa, the special Adviser on Media and Strategy to the ALGON Chairman, Aloysius Okino, said what is going on is a staff verification exercise across the 21 councils in the state, and not disengagement.
He said the target of the exercise is to eliminate ghost workers from the system and reposition the councils for effective service delivery and not to witch hunt anyone.
“I want to state categorically that there is no retrenchment in any council. What we are doing is staff verification. And normally in any staff audit, those who are smuggled into the vouchers will have to give way. Those who were fraudulently smuggled into the payrolls and those who helped them are even supposed to be prosecuted”, the adviser said in a statement.
According to him, the councils, apart from Okene and Lokoja can no longer pay full salaries to its legitimate workforce as the little money accruing to them goes to ghost workers and their sponsors, and they can hardly embark on any meaningful development project while some unpatriotic persons are going home with the salaries of 10 to 15 people every month. He said the current investigation by the state House of Assembly to ascertain the true situation is a welcome development, calling on the lawmakers to consider the interest of the generality of the people above the few who are bent on milking the councils dry.