Imo State Government uncovers 300 ‘ghost workers’

The Permanent Secretary of the Imo state Local government service commission, Mrs. Rosemary Izuogu has on Wednesday disclosed that it discovered about 300 ghost workers in the 27 local government areas of the state.

She explained that this is why over 100 workers have refused to leave their department as instructed by the House of Assembly.

Izuogu had been out of service but she was called out of retirement by Governor Hope Uzodinma to reshuffle the civil service structure of the state.

While highlighting the bad structure of the service, the Permanent Secretary said that in a bid to stay long in civil service, some workers use diabolical means like forging their certificates to remain in power.

“The system is so messed up that some workers have resulted to using diabolical means to remain in one council for many years.”

However, some workers have accused Izuogu of indiscriminate shuffling. They said the posting left some councils with grade 8 officers to become department heads while some with higher grades were left to fight over leadership.

Izuogu refuted the claims saying, “they are only trying to tarnish my integrity. Everybody knows I’m God fearing and would never do such. It was even a difficult task finding where to fix over 1,200 workers who have been in one place for long. We have even discovered most of the names here do not exist, some of them are long dead.”

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