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Silence of electorate not acceptance of defectors - Chairman

31 December 2013, 06:52

Lokoja - The Chairman of Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi, Mohammed Ali, said those defecting from PDP to APC should not mistake the current silence of the electorate for acceptance.

Ali, who gave this warning at a news briefing in Lokoja on Monday, stressed that the people would definitely react at the appropriate time.

Ali described the defection as unfortunate. According to him, it is unbelievable that those who have benefited so much from PDP could suddenly turn their backs on it at this time.

On the state of local governments in the state, Ali said the 23 councils were operating under difficult situation.

He said the unresolved problem of ghost workers and huge monthly wage bills were responsible for the development which makes it impossible for the councils to implement people-oriented programmes.

The chairman contended that the way out was for the councils to widen their revenue base and remove all the ghost workers from their pay rolls without further delay.

He decried high wage bill of workers, saying that the state’s civil servants were the highest paid in the north.

The chairman cited Ogori-Magongo Local Government which pays as much as N50 million per month as workers salaries in spite of being the smallest in the state.

-    NAN


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