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Bayelsa thwarts ghost workers

30 October 2013, 10:32Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Bayelsa State Government is set to introduce the Automated Biometric Attendance Register for workers at the local government councils in the state. 

Officials said the move, scheduled for November, was part of efforts to carry out reforms and re-position local government departments in the state for effective service delivery.

“When the Automated Biometric Attendance Register is fully implemented only staffers who come to work and discharge their official duties would receive salary at the end of the month,” the State Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development, Deacon James Dugo, said at the end of a one-day enlightenment programme for management staff of the eight local government councils.

The meeting came ahead of the implementation of the Automated Biometric Attendance Register.

Dugo explained, “Some of the major challenges that had undermined the ability of the local government councils to deliver on their mandate include over-bloated wage bill, habitual absenteeism and late coming among staffers.”

He added that workers that failed to participate in the exercise risked been declared as ghost workers.

“Only those who are ready to earn their pay would remain in the service of the councils,” Dugo added.

He assured that in spite of the very huge wage bill, the administration of Seriake Dickson was not interested in sacking any staff.

Dugo advised employees of the councils to ensure that they participated fully when the electronic enrolment to capture the biometrics commences next month.

The country has more than 40 000 ghost workers that draw billions from the treasury.

– CAJ News



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