Birnin Kebbi - The Kebbi Chapter of Association of Local Governments in Nigeria (ALGON) has estimated that N1 billion would be recovered annually from payment to ghost workers after a staff verification exercise.
Musa Dan-Illela, the state chairman of ALGON, said this in Birnin Kebbi on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He explained that the exercise was conducted in each council as part of efforts to reduce cost of administration in the councils.
NAN reports that the verification exercise was conducted in the past four months, adding that workers had started receiving their salary arrears.
According to Dan-Illela, shortage of funds has hindered the improvement in the provision of amenities to the people.
He said that in the past four years, each council had constructed 21 kilometres of rural roads, 1,480 hand pumps and 480 motorised bore holes in rural areas to boost water supply and ensured consumption of hygienic water.
The chairman said the association was collaborating with the state Ministry of Water Resources to ensure adequate maintenance and functioning of the bore holes.
Dan-Illela called on the council chairmen to ensure prudent management of resources and shun practices that could be detrimental to their integrity and dignity.