MAJOR SHAKE-UP LOOMS IN ABIA LG SYSTEM
All Heads of Services (HOS), Treasurers and some Heads of Department (HOD) in Abia Local Government System are to be relieved of their positions, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) investigation has revealed.
It will be recalled that the Abia government had ordered a biometric verification of workers at the local governments to identify the exact workforce at that tier of government.
The process was allegedly stalled by the HOS and their treasurers who allegedly mobilised the council staff to destroy the biometric machines.
As a result, Governor Theodore Orji on Friday Oct. 4 summoned the HOS of the 17 local government areas.
'You are part and parcel of the problem we have in the local government system.
'We decided to clean up the system to detect ghost workers, but you fought the people we brought and destroyed their biometric machines,' he had said
Orji also said that the State House of Assembly had already intervened in the matter, stressing that the state government would implement whatever recommendation made by the legislators on the matter.
'If they recommend for your redeployment or sack, I will do that and even add my own.
'I cannot sit down here and keep quite when this is happening at the local government system,' Orji had said.
An authoritative source told NAN that all the HOS, Treasurers and some HODs had already been told to quit their positions.
'After the meeting with the HOS, they summoned us and told us that we should prepare to relinquish our positions to those following us on grade level.
'We are expecting our letters of disengagement on Wednesday as they have told us and this affects all HOS, Treasurers and some HODs,' the source said.
The source said the state government was being economical with the truth to say that the affected persons had been a clog in the wheel of progress of the local government system.
'The government is not sincere in its dealings with the local government system, because local government areas in the state are underfunded,' the source said.
The source attributed the collapse of the local government system in the state to the activities of the state government.
The source frowned at government insistence of running the system with Transitional Committee Chairman for over two years, whom, he described, as mere foot-soldiers.