Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson has ordered the arrest of a local government official for allegedly collecting the salaries of 300 ‘ghost’ workers every month in the state.
Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, made it known at Yenagoa Local Government during the commencement of state-wide town hall meeting on civil service reforms in the state.
The commissioner, who did not give the name of the errant official, hinted that the suspect was an account officer in a local government in the central senatorial zone.
According to Iworiso-Markson, the suspect who was unmasked during staff verification exercise in the local government, cumulatively was illegally earning hundreds of millions of naira per annum.
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“That is in just one local government area, there are many places like that in the state. Some people are in the civil service today, yet there is no document in their files. Instead, they were employed with affidavit. The same people who do not have any documents and qualifications are collecting salaries of level 14 workers and above.
“At the Bayelsa State Transport Company, you find a situation whereby there are about 180 drivers, but there are only five or six vehicles for them to drive. You can see the level of rot in the system. So, if we must be sincere with ourselves, we must all agree to join hands with the government to clean the mess,” he said.