Kafanchan - Jema’a Local Government Council in Kaduna State would soon lay off more than 500 of its casual staff, as part of measures to curtail wastage of public funds.
The chairman of the council, Dan Amos told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview on Thursday in Kafanchan that most of the casual workers were redundant.
Amos said the council spent over N1.5 million monthly on the allowances of the casual staff, who according to him had no job description.
“We pay N3 000 monthly to over 500 casual staff most of whom only show up at month end to collect the money and disappear,’’ he said.
According to him, the money would be channeled towards the execution of developmental projects.
“We are ready to defend our action against whoever may be willing to challenge the decision,” he said.
On internally generated revenue, Amos regretted that the council could hardly generate 15 percent of its expected revenue, saying, a lot still needed to be done.
In this respect, the chairman disclosed that a committee had been constituted to explore ‘transparent and accountable revenue generation options’.
On poverty alleviation, Amos said the council had utilised its SURE-P fund to engage women and youths in various skills acquisition programmes.
He said the local council would soon distribute 500 poverty reduction items, including tricycles and sewing machines.
The chairman also said that the council was working towards introducing a scholarship scheme for indigent students from the area studying in higher institutions across the country.