Payroll Fraud: 5000 Fake Non-Academic Staff at Niger Delta University, Five other Institutions in Bayelsa

Bayelsa State Government has exposed some fraud-related activities of some natives in various institutions that has fleeced in millions of naira financial resources belonging to the state. So far, 5000 people had been traced into this scam and the government is bent on revealing the names of everyone of these people that were found to have been caught. 500 Administrative officers had been traced to be fully involved in the payroll scam in Bayelsa Local Government Council.

The Bayelsa State Government Committee on Civil Service Reforms has uncovered 500 administration officers at the Sagbama Local Government Area òf the State. The panel which was set up to investigate the endemic payroll fraud in the state, also discovered a total of 5000 non-academic staff at the Niger Delta University, (NDU), Wilberforce Island and the other state-owned five tertiary institutions in the state.

The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Marks on in an official statement said on Wednesday said that the discovery of the shocking number of administration officers in the council and the 5000 non academic staff was part of the ongoing efforts Hon. Dickson’s Administration to clean up the payroll mess in the state.

According to him, the discovery of the 500 administration officers in one of the Local Government Area only showed the large number of redundant workers drawing salaries for doing nothing in the state. The Commissioner said that the government would make public how the names found their way into the payroll.

Iworiso-Markson said the government would not relent in its efforts to solve the problem of the bleeding of the resources of the state by a few unscrupulous elements in the state.

He added that the bloated wage bill in the eight local government areas of the state was responsible for recent negative and false media reports that Bayelsa State Government was owing salaries of workers. The Commissioner explained that the fraud in the LGA and the over bloated wage bill had made it impossible for the councils to pay salaries of local governments even when their allocations are not tampered with as a matter of state policy in Bayelsa.

For him: “Only recently, the State Committee on the Civil Service Reforms uncovered 500 administrative officer in Sagbama Local Government Area òf Bayelsa State. When you have 500 administrative officers in a local government area, it means most of them are idle. It is not just imaginable; what would they be doing; what is their job? A number of these administrative officers work as clerical staff in primary schools. That’s why in most of our schools you have more non-academic staff and very few teachers. Take for instance, in a school you will find just two teachers and 50 non-academic staff. That’s why the councils’wage bills are high because of workers who have been put there to draw salaries without working.

“This figure is just for one local government area. Comprehensive efforts are being intensified to probe the payroll in the other seven local government areas, and of course, His Excellency would address the state after the comprehensive report has been submitted.”

The commissioner also said that situation of the payroll fraud in the council was not different at the tertiary education sector as shown by the discovery of 5000 non academic staff in the sector.

According to him, “It was not conceivable to engage and maintain 5000 non academic staff in six tertiary institutions in the state.” Iworiso-Markson said that the figure only represented a classic case of people being put on the payroll without rendering the requisite services to justify their
salaries.

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