The Deputy Governor explained that there are too much of fraudulent activities taking place among the civil servants; adding that some are receiving double salaries, while others are promoting themselves illegally
In reforming the state’s civil service, the Government of Bayelsa state has seized the October 2017 salaries of about 4204 Local Government workers in the state.
The affected workers are alleged to have been fraudulent in their activities. Among the workers, 1329 are from the Local Government Areas, 2184 from SUBEB and 707 are from the Pension Payroll.
The Deputy Governor Gboribiogha John Jonah disclosed the information at a press conference in Yenagoa, the state capital.
He explained that there are too much of fraudulent activities taking place among the civil servants; he said some are receiving double salaries, while others are promoting themselves illegally.
According to the Deputy Governor; “We have been carrying out comprehensive reforms not only at the councils but also at the Secondary schools, parastatals, pension payroll, civil service, grade levels verification and others.
There is massive payroll fraud in the state and the situation is such that are some earning double salaries; there are retired people in the payroll; those who promote themselves and several retired personnel. In fact over 700 retired personnel are still in the payroll.
With effect from today, salaries of such suspected persons are suspended.
For those receiving salaries from multiple agencies, we will not pay you but if you can prove it that you are a genuine worker your salary would be paid,” he said.
To this regard, the state Government had initiated a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to investigate complaints from the affected persons, starting from Monday. The Commission would be headed by retired Justice Doris Adokeme.