The recent report by a Nigerian daily newspaper Daily Trust about states with high wage bills despite low revenue profile signifies a clear present and future danger for Benue state.
A closer look at the figures shows that something is very wrong with the Benue state salary policy and that sents a very clear message;The state’s socio-economic development will be compromise’, unless the state government takes a decisive action now.
According available records from the state Bureau of Local government and chieftain affairs which oversee the local governments shows that as at 6th March 2017, there are about 44,000 workers across its 23 local governments: 22,000 Primary school teachers and 22,000 local government staff, while the state civil servants are estimated to be about 19,000.
But there has been concern that ‘ghost workers‘ used to defraud the state make up much of the state work force.
This reports highlights the imperative for an Open Benue initiative to deal with the state’s ‘high salary’ and ‘ghost workers’controversy.