Imo defends ‘clock in clock out’ policy for councils’ workers
The Imo State Government has cited a high level of truancy, absenteeism, and other forms of non-observance to the rule of engagement in the local government system among workers, as reasons it introduced the “Clock in Clock Out” policy in all the 27 councils in the state.
The system compels every worker in the councils to allow an electronic device to capture him or her when he or she reports to work and another capture of the finger when closing.
The government also added that the policy came due to the unexplainable high wage bill at the council’s level.
The Chairman, Interim Management Committee (IMC), Mbaitoli Local Government Area (LGA), Canice Mba, disclosed this to journalists at council headquarters, Nworieubi.He explained that if a worker fails to record 75 per cent presence on duty each month, he would forfeit his or her salary for that month, noting that the administrative measure had resulted in identifying ghost workers, and saving funds for the State Government.
He also explained that the directive from the State Governor is that no worker should collect more than one salary payment cheque.His words: “The essence of the clock-in-clock-out policy of the State Government is to fish out ghost workers, and those who either come to work or leave before close of work. It helps us to know you.“If you don’t attend up to 75 per cent in a month, there will be no salary for you for that month. We don’t dash money here. People have to justify their pay.
“We have a consultant, who analyses it every month. His Excellency, Governor Emeka Ihedioha, introduced it. No staff should collect more than one cheque, even if it is your wife. It makes us to know the real workers of Local Government Areas.”
He commended the workers that are cooperating with his administration since the Governor appointed him and other members of the committee to administer the affairs of the council until the election is held in few months’ time. He regretted that the council inherited the electricity power supply bill to the tune of N3million, which he has ordered investigation into, and urged workers to bear with the situation as it was being addressed.
According to him, the IMC administration has awarded 12 projects, one each in the 12 wards in the LGA, stressing that they ranging from health institutions, roads, stadium, to secretariat and others, were in their stages of completion.
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