EBONYI state government has
uncovered a salary scam in
the local government system
involving 838 cemetery keepers
who are allegedly receiving
Consolidated Health Salary
Structure, CONHESS.
Investigation revealed that
previous administrations in the
state fraudulently employed
about 838 workers as cemetery
keepers even when there was
no cemetery in the 13 local
government areas managed by
the state government, according
to the state government.
Commissioner for Local
Government and Chieftaincy
Affairs, Samuel Okoronkwo,
who revealed the development
in Abakaliki the state capital
yesterday, also debunked rumors
making the rounds that the
state government wants to sack
medical workers in the local
government system.
He noted that what the state
government was doing was to
find out the workers who are not
health workers but are earning
salary under the CONHESS.
He said, “The only cemetery in
the state is in Abakaliki and it is
being managed by the Catholic
Church, so what are the cemetery
keepers doing. Why are they
earning CONHESS.
“So this people have no work
schedule, they don’t go to work
but take very high salary at the
end of the month more than those
who are actually working. That is
fraudulent and this government
will not allow it to continue”, he
added.
He assured that the affected
workers will not be sacked,
but will be removed from the
CONHESS and reposted to other
areas in the local government
where they will be useful.
The Commissioner said a
Committee has been set up to
look into the issue with members
drawn from various Unions and
government.
Okoronkwo further stated that
the Ministry will also embark on
screening of certificates, having
discovered that many workers in
the local government system have
fake certificates


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