Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, Tuesday assured citizens that his administration would address the issues surrounding missing funds from salary remittances as well as matters surrounding staff job progressions and performance evaluation in the local government as part of the efforts of the state government to strengthen local government administration.
Governor Lalong who gave the assurance on the occasion of the presentation of the local government staff verification/biometrics report said the administration inherited the public outcry of the people of the state on the difficulties workers encounter on account of Biometric Data capture exercise that seems unending.
“Further to this is the corruption gap that unverified workforce has left in the local government system for which we were determined to bring to an end, given the zero tolerance for corruption campaign of the APC led government at the federal and state levels,” he said.
He said the presentation of the report would provide a working tool that would squarely address issues of the local government workforce at the councils, education authorities, pensioners, issues surrounding missing funds from salaries remittance.
Governor Lalong therefore assured that the government would ensure that the report is studied critically and that together with the supervisory ministry and agencies of local government administration adding that the recommendations contained in the report would be implemented to the letter.
Presenting the report, the chairman of the committee, Mrs. Susan Janfa said the number of pensioners kept increasing as a process of clearing and placement on payroll is a continuous exercise adding that as at June 2015 alone, 183 pensioners were cleared for placements while others who were cleared and had forms come up in trickles everyday for such placement.
She further noted that while some of the pensioners have also died within the period, others are yet to come up to present themselves for the capturing adding that this will remain a continuous process as the issue continues to be treated administratively.
Mrs Janfa also said the exercise would enable the government to know the exact number of staff that operate in the system, in department and units adding that salaries and allowances of staff and seniority levels are also clearly spelt out.

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