Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has threatened to sanction any local government chairman found to have recruited staff despite owing salaries.
Speaking during a meeting with local governments chairmen in his office yesterday, Governor Ahmed said it had come to his attention that some local government chairmen had resorted to employing additional staff while struggling to pay their existing employees.
Ahmed noted that the recruitment was at variance with the government’s effort to resolve the salary crisis in the local governments, stressing that any LG chairman found to have indulged in the unapproved recruitment would be sanctioned according to the law.
He, however, constituted a four-man committee headed by the chief of staff, Government House, Alhaji Yusuf Babtunde AbdulWahab, to investigate the recent recruitments by local government chairmen.
According to a statement issued by the senior special assistant to the governor on Media and Communication, Dr. Muideen Akorede, the government has also instructed that anyone who had received any such employment letter in the last six months should disregard such, as the appointments were unauthorised and would be reversed.
While maintaining that the local government councils were responsible for the salaries of primary school teachers and other local government workers, Governor Ahmed therefore expressed his determination to rectify the situation within the shortest possible time.

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