Uzodinma decries existence of ghost workers on Imo’s payroll

Imo has discovered the existence of ghost workers
on its payroll leading to monumental fraud, Gov.
Hope Uzodinma said in Owerri on Monday.
Addressing newsmen as part of activities marking
his first anniversary in office, Uzodinma said ghost
workers and ghost pensioners had been receiving
monthly salaries and pensions in the state.
“This government has paid every genuine worker;
those complaining of non-payment are either ghost
workers or fraudsters.
“I am challenging anybody who has not received
his or her salaries to come to Government House
with his employment details and we will pay him or
her immediately,’’ he said.
The governor said that the era when Permanent
Secretaries were chosen through appointment was
over.
He added that Directors must pass promotion
examinations and interview processes before being
appointed as Permanent Secretaries to ensure that
only competent
He also promised to revive all abandoned state-
owned industries to enhance the state’s economy.
The governor said that to this end, he had
commissioned a consulting firm to identify such
industries and recommend ways of rejuvenating
them.
Uzodinma said he would upgrade the Imo State
Zoological Gardens and Wildlife Park to a world-
class facility to position the state as one of the
tourism centres in the country.
He said he would address the challenge of
encroachment on the zoo premises by the host
community.
On his achievement in the last year, the governor
said he had delivered good governance and
assured that he would not renege on his campaign
promises.
Uzodinma also pledged to ensure the protection of
lives and properties of the people and condemned
the recent killing of two siblings in Ihite-Uboma
council area.
The murder led to the burning of the Police
Divisional office in the area by a mob.
The governor promised to ensure that the dead got
justice and warned against the destruction of social
infrastructure during crises.

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