The Nasarawa State House of Assembly committee investigating nonpayment of June 2019 salaries, has advised Local Governments in the state to enroll their staff in the Integrated payroll and Personnel Information System.
The Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Ibrahim Alkali, who gave the advice at the interactive session with labour leaders in the state on Monday in Lafia, said this would curtail sharp practices in the system.
Alkali said that the measure would reduce the menace of ghost workers, corruption and illegal promotion of local government staff in the state.
He identified illegal promotion, re-occurrence of retired and death persons’ names in the payment voucher in the local government areas as major problems confronting the system.
The committee chairman said the meeting was aimed at finding lasting solution to the problems confronting local government system in the state.
He said: “We have met and discussed with various critical stakeholders in order to find solution to the present challenges facing the local government system in the state.
“You are partners in progress. Let us put ourselves together to sanitise the local government system in the state.
“We discovered at the cause of this investigation that local government councils can pay 100 per cent full salaries to their staff.
“Our local governments can pay salaries without problems if things go on fine, but they are confronted with challenges because of abnormalies in the system.
“We noticed that a local government after payment of salaries to its staff, was left with N50 million surplus.’’
Alkali also disclosed that the committee would organise a public hearing in order to receive inputs from other stakeholders to proffer solution to the challenges in the third tier of government.
The committee chairman further disclosed that it would do everything within its powers to ensure sanity in the local government system for effective service delivery.
The state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Mallam Yusuf Iya; Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Mohammed Umar; Nigeria Union of Teachers Chairman, Tete Jatua, among other union leaders, attended the interactive session.
In his submission, the state NLC chairman lauded the committee for wonderful job done so far.
Comrade Iya, however, advocated a holistic approach in tackling the challenges facing the local government system in the state.
The chairman called for reduction in the cost of governance for improved staff welfare.