By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa â€” The Academic Staff Union of Bayelsa State College of Arts and Science (ASUCAS) has called on the state governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, to call to order the Due Process and e-Governance Bureau in the state. The union claimed the bureau was intimidating the manage-ment of the college with its biometrics verification exercise.
ASUCAS said the bureau had no powers to compel the management of the college to withhold salaries of 357 staff employed in 2007, stressing that the bureau, unlike the college, was not a creation of law.
The bureau had on 16 December 2009, in a letter signed by its Director of Ethics and Compliance, Bubaraye Dakolo, directed the management of BYCAS to stop payment of December salaries to staff that had documentation problems in the biometrics verification exercise.
The letter also asked the collegeâ€™s management to ensure that the monies, including savings for the month of November, 2009, were paid into a BYSG Biometrics Savings Account Number 1211750000061 with Skye Bank Plc, Amarata Branch, Yenagoa and copy of payment details forwarded to the Due Process and e-Governance Bureau.
Addressing a press conference in Yenagoa, Chairman of ASUCAS, Comrade Sapele Wilfred, accused officials of the bureau of suffocating BYCAS.
Comrade Wilfred stated that ASUCAS was not against the fishing out of ghost workers in the institution. He said the bureau ought to make recom-mendations to the governor to take decisions on their findings rather than compel the college management to stop payment of staffÂ salaries.