By George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€”The Rivers State government has set up a 12-man panel to sack all public servants employed after 2007, while those who earned double promotion during the period are to be unmasked and demoted with immediate effect.
Many people were rushed into the employ of the state government without due approval, the government said, insisting that all those who found their way into the employ of the government without due process will be summarily thrown out.
Head of Service, Mrs Esther Anucha, who disclosed the governmentâ€™s intention in Port Harcourt, last weekend, while inaugurating the Staff Verification Committee, said the administration wanted to know the actual number of staff and pensioners in the state civil service.
Anucha said equally worrisome was the issue of ghost names, which has continued to feature on the payroll, in spite of the many committees set up and actions taken by government to check the fraud in the public sector.
She said the outcome of the panelâ€™s work would pave the way for the implementation ofÂ enhanced benefits to civil servants, telling the members to comb the payment vouchers and nominal rolls of all ministries, departments and agencies.
Similarly, she said the pay documents of the Universal Basic Education, Post Primary School, and Hospital Management Boards should be thoroughly scrutinized to fish out names of those who have retired but whose names still featured on the payment vouchers.
Further to this, the HOS said the names of those pensioners and staff who have since died but were still reflected in the nominal roll and the names of those people who were receiving double salaries be brought to the fore.
Anucha told the panel to identify the actual number of pensioners on the payroll of the government and suggest ways of recovering accumulated monies paid into salary accounts in banks that have remained unclaimed over the years.