Kogi House of Assembly Orders Reinstatement of Sacked 600 Council Workers

About 600 staff of Okehi Local Government in Kogi State who were sacked by the former Liaison Officer of the Council look to breathe a sigh of relieve if reports from the Kogi State House of Assembly is anything to go by.

The House of Assembly in the state has ordered for the reversal of the dismissal and the reinstatement of the affected workers.

The resolution followed adoption of the report of the House Committee on Local Government that investigated and made recommendations on the issue.

Speaker of the House, Alhaji Lawal Momoh-Jimoh, ruled that the workers were “legitimately and legally appointed”, adding that they should not be held accountable for the bloated workforce in the council.

Earlier, while presenting the report, chairman of the committee, Alhaji Abdullahi Lawal, said that the committee discovered that the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) had carried out staff screening earlier.

“In our investigation, we discovered that the then chairman sought the approval of the Local Government Service Commission for the recruitment of about 120 staff for the council,” he said.

He said in implementing the appointment, the then chairman over-shot the number, causing over-employment.

Lawal described the appointment of the 120 staff as “legal”, saying that the appointment letters of most of them were signed by the commission.

Mr Sunday Shigaba said the council had the constitutional right to employ officers on grade levels 01 to 06 while the Local Government Service Commission could recruit officers on grade level 08 and above.

The legislator said based on the law establishing the two organisations, the 120 senior staff recruited by the commission were legitimate staff.

It would be recalled that the House on Feb.1, directed its Committee on Local Government to investigate the alleged sack of council staff.

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