Governor Godwin Obaseki has announced a fresh screening for workers across the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo State.
He dropped the hint at a valedictory session in honour of the outgoing Council Chairmen in the State on Wednesday.
The Governor stressed that the screening exercise would help to identify and automate Council workers Payroll by weeding-out bloated Staff and ghost workers.
He sued for the cooperation of the outgoing Council Chairmen and urge all Staff to make themselves available.
“Your payrolls must all be automated; we are going to screen all your staff. We are going to find out who is working or not; it’s going to be very tough. As outgoing chairmen, we will come to you for help. Please make yourselves available”.
Obaseki assured that the era in which local governments cannot pay workers’ salaries were over, noting that his administration will leave a legacy 30-year-development plan for future chairmen.
While reassuring of more policies and programmes to improve the livelihoods of Edo people, the Governor his administration is “undertaking a major transformation of the Civil service; The Local Government”.
He also assured that the era in which Local Governments cannot pay workers’ salaries were over, noting that his administration will leave a legacy 30-year-development plan for future Chairmen.
According to him, “Local Government administration in Nigeria can never be the same again, post Covid-19. You are perhaps the last set of chairmen that will run the local government the way it used to be; it’s not going to be business as usual”.
Earlier, the outgoing Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in Edo, Mr. Jerkins Osunde, on behalf of other outgoing LGA chairmen, thanked the governor for the opportunity to serve with his government.
Recall that most Local Government Councils in Edo State, grappled with huge indebted of unpaid Staff salaries before Governor Obaseki introduced digital platform that helped to streamline its operations.