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Governor sacks 4,000 workers to cut overhead cost

The commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Jafaru Sani, said that the affected workers are from the state's local service commission.

The commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Jafaru Sani, said that the affected workers are from the state's local service commission.

He disclosed this on Tuesday, November 28

Sani said 3,000 of the affected workers were retired while others were laid off.

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According to him, the measure is part of the government's efforts to renew public service in the state and to cut down overhead cost.

He, however, noted that the state government will pay all the affected workers their retirement benefits and other entitlements.

He said, "It is a known fact that the LGAs were overburdened by redundant and unproductive staff who are contributing nothing to the development of the councils.

"Because of the over-bloated staff, the LGAs are doing nothing other than paying salaries and end up becoming more or less a poverty alleviation centres, where people just go to collect money and go home.

"To ensure development at the local levels therefore, we have to do what is right by downsizing the redundant staff to free some funds that would be injected in developmental projects.

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"With the disengagement, the supporting members of staff at the 23 LGAs are now 6,732, excluding primary school teachers and primary health care workers."

This is coming barely two weeks after the state government said it would sack 21,780 teachers for failing a competency test it organised.

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