Inaugurated by the Acting Chief Judge (Ag. CJ) of Kogi State, Justice Henry Olusiyi, the Special Staff Verification Committee has uncovered the names of dead staff and pensioners on the monthly payroll of both the Judiciary and Judicial Service Commissions.
The Chairman of the Committee, Barrister Ibrahim Alhassan, who made this known in Lokoja on Friday 4 December during the presentation of the report, claimed that some of the retired and other deceased State Judiciary workers are still collecting salaries and emoluments.
According to the report, lapses on inappropriate reporting of staff details were identified in the Personnel Department, as well as job descriptions within the terms of reference that led to a lot of administrative lapses in the system.
He regretted that some of the top officials of the Commission of the Judiciary and Judicial Service (JSC) who have since taken office and have taken the oath of office do not have specific records of the administrative department’s employment.
Alhassan noted that the reports came in two volumes, stressing that the committee also visited 39 directorates to perform the verification exercise, in addition to the exercise that took place at the headquarters.
At the time of receipt of the report, Justice Henry Olusuyi expressed gratitude to the members of the Committee for their thorough work.
He told the Committee that the report and recommendations will be thoroughly reviewed and enforced later adding that it is very important to update the nominal roll and to understand the precise monthly wage bill.
The Chief Judge, who expressed dismay at the rot discovered by the verification committee, said that any community or institution that refused to uphold and ensure that due process was complied with was doomed.
“There is no doubt that this report has revealed a great deal and as I said at the inauguration, an organization that has no certainty about its workforce is a drifting organization, a rudderless organization,” he said.
“By God’s grace, we are about to do a rigorous house cleansing. It cannot be business as usual. Judiciary as the third Arm of The government must be an organization that is recognized for excellence, must be a model organization, must be an organization that can dictate the pace and show examples”
And how do we do it if we don’t have procedures that are due process compliant? Any society is an institution that will soon go into extinction and lose importance, any organization that does not comply with the due process, Olusiyi added.
He said that due process and orderliness would be strictly adhered to, adding that there was no point in having a staff that the organization could not keep track of.
They still don’t come to work, they get warnings, some have retired and they’re still getting alerts, some have died and alerts are still being issued for them somewhere,” he added.”