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By Barnabas Augustine

In his effort to revitalize Civil Service in Adamawa State, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has ordered the 21 Local Government Councils in the State to expunge ghost workers from the payroll of LGAs.

The Governor said this is part of his administration policy to zero tolerance to corruption at all levels of the government.

He Directed the Directors General Services and Administration (DGSA) and the Directors Finance( DFs) of all the 21 LGAs to expunge all staff employed after April 30, 2016 in their respective LGAs from their payroll.

The Governor faults the employment of the affected LGAs staff as he said due processes was not adhered to when they were employed. He reiterated that his administration will ensure that only genuine civil servant are been paid in the State.

Highlighting on the steps taken by his administration to revive the LGAs at the Chambers Hall, Government House, Yola, Governor Fintiri  said that a legislation has already been sent to Adamawa State House of Assembly to amend the Local Government Establishment Law 2004, as amended and should the law amended, soon a Transition Committee will be sent to the LGAs.

The law, Governor Fintiri said among others, will review the deduction made on the allocation of LGAs in the State and the salaries of the LGA staff will be first line charge. This will enable the LGAs to carryout some projects so that at the grass root dividends of democracy can be seen.

He called on the DGSAs and the DFs to be transparent in delivering their mandate, sit with the Ministry for Local Government and rebrand LGAs as his administration will be monitoring their activities.

Governor Fintiri assured the State that payment of Civil Servants salaries will no longer be from bank overdraft, maintaining that the overdraft system used by the previous administration which PDP Government inherited will be converted to time loan so that it will be cleared within the 6 months of the his administration in office.

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