Kwara - The Kwara Government on Thursday said it had discovered no fewer than 2000 ghost workers, including a blind motor driver in the service of its Local Governments.
The state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Tunji Moronfoye and Commissioner for Local Government, Isa Bawa, made this known when they addressed newsmen at the end of the state Executive Council meeting.
Bawa said that the bio-metric exercise carried out by the State Government on local government employees revealed 1, 548 ghost teachers and 443 council employees.
He noted that out of the 36,000 local government employees only 34, 000 came out for the bio-metric exercise, saying 29 of those captured were under age.
He explained that he was in one of the local government area during the bio-metric exercise when a blind man came for the exercise, saying he was employed as a driver in the council.
According to him, some people also drove into the council in hired bus from Lagos to attend the bio-metric exercise.
The commissioner noted that absenteeism, truancy and unproductivity had characterised the local government system in the state.
He explained that government had introduced ``an electronic attendance and thumb printing’’ with a view to check fraud in the council areas.
Bawa pointed out that recruitment into the Local Government Service Commission and the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) had been suspended.
The commissioner said that the suspension would only be lifted after the committee put in place to review activities of the two bodies submitted it reports.
Also, the commissioner for Information and communication, Moronfoye explained that government had released over N1billion for the payment of car loan to civil servants in the state.
Moronfoye said that the biometric exercise would also be extended to the state civil service and pensioners.
He expressed the determination of the government to open up the rural communities for economic prosperity through the ‘Shared Prosperity’ programme of the state.
The commissioner said the State Government had reduced the hospital registration fees in the state hospitals from N200 to N20.
He said that the state executive council has also approved the sales of government quarters to civil servants occupying them at affordable prices.