Katsina screens LG workers again

Katsina screens LG workers again

Reactions have continued to trail the ongoing screening of local government staffs in Katsina state with many describing it as deliberate attempts to sack staffs.

The state government recently constituted a team comprising of one commissioner and six others, and deployed them to nine local government areas each for screening of local governments and Local Education Authority (LEA) staffs.

The latest screening is the third in the series of Screening for LG staffs since the current APC goverment in the state came on board.

It is gathered that the team is saddled with the responsibilities of screening the staffs with a view to uncovering ghost workers if such exists.

The team is already in nine local governments of Katsina, Sabuwa, Matazu, Kafur, Charanchi, Batsari, Maiadua, Daura and Dutsi.

Other council areas would reportedly follow suit until all the 34 Council areas of the state are covered.

 Already, due to the screening, LG and LEA staffs from the affected council areas who are used to collecting their salaries through banks are reportedly being paid through table payments.

Although the state government insists that the latest screening is aimed at uncovering ghost workers, residents said the exercise was a calculated attempts to unjustly sack staffs.

However, some council staffs described the screening as a deliberate attempt to frustrate them saying the screening was one too many. The screening is coming barely few days after governor Aminu Bello Masari said Katsina council areas are broke.

Masari had said 24 out of the 34 council areas of the state are broke and could not pay salaries noting that “even the ten that can pay salaries become insolvent once they pay salaries as they can’t execute even a simple project or buy office consumables.”

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