The Ebonyi Government said it has uncovered a job scam in its Local Government Area (LGA) system, involving cemetery keepers.
The State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Samuel Okoronkwo, disclosed this on Thursday in Abakaliki.
Okoronkwo noted that the cemetery workers were enrolled in the Consolidated Heath Salary Structure (CONHESS) of the state.
“Investigations revealed that the previous administrations in the state employed about 838 workers as cemetery keepers, even when there is no cemetery managed by government in the 13 Local Government Areas. The only cemetery in the state is in Abakaliki and it is being managed by the Catholic Church, so one wonders the job being performed by the cemetery keepers.
They don’t have job schedule, don’t go to work but collect high salary at the end of every month, even more than those actually doing the work. This is fraudulent and government will ensure it does not continue, as it wants to always toe the path of transparency and probity,” he said.