By: Valentine Adese and Ifeanyi Okonkwo
The unabated inflow of ghost workers in the Civil Service of Plateau State has become worrisome, as each administration, both past and present has to deal with the issue to reduce the state’s liability on the payment of salaries each month.
In order to solve this serial problem that affects the state and local government salary payments, the immediate past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration then in the state, led by Sen. Jonah David Jang, as Governor, introduced the Biodata capturing method, to enable the administration possibly ascertain the number of engaged Civil Servants.
The Jang past administration, also abolished table payment methods, to enable the administration check fraud in the state. Yet, according to the administration, there were still leakages, as ghost workers were still infiltrating the service with human legs.
Although the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2015 campaigns, were able to confront the Jang administration with the actual figure of the number of Civil Servants engaged in the state, many are therefore wondering why the same APC is now also in the voyage of discovery facts and data that it already claim to have.
Civil servants in the state are already complaining of the effects of non-salary payments in the last four months, as they continue to allege that their children and wards are already been sent away from school, owing to their inabilities to pay their school fees.
“More also, the present competition of the need to survive, have shelter and that of paying school fees has compounded the issue.” They added, while some of the workers were interacting with REALITY.
All hopes of celebrating the Sallah is also dashed, as the workers from REALITY findings, are yet to be paid this month’s salary despite the high hopes the state government led by Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong, had made them to have.
“It’s no longer new to us! We are used to the promises of the government of Plateau state and the way they under mind the welfare of the state workers. We pray for a change to change this change.” Some lamented.
“You can just imagine how Governor Lalong described us to the President during his visit recently to Aso Villa. Is that not enough for you to understand the plight of workers in the state?” They added.