Dickson suspends four civil servants over alleged fraudulent acts

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By Samuel Oyadongha

YENAGOA—Hard times await recalcitrant workers in Bayelsa State civil service, as Governor Seriake Dickson has ordered the immediate suspension of four civil servants over alleged fraudulent acts and insubordination.

Their offences, as disclosed by the governor during an interactive session with the workers in Yemagoa, ranged from employment racketeering, indiscriminate allotment and allocation of land against the masterplan of the City Council Development Authority and acts of insubordination.

Expressing the readiness of his administration to partner workers in the state, the governor said his administration would not condone truancy, lateness to work and financial impropriety on the part of workers.

The governor said anybody caught mismanaging public funds would be dealt with in accordance with the law, adding that his administration had been able to gather reports on the alleged fraud perpetrated by some workers in the state civil service.

He said: “We want to get more. We are not only going to take them out of the system, the prison will be ready very soon for them.

“Those who commit payroll fraud, their cup will be full soon. But on a serious note, the Head of Service should help us. We want to see how we can reduce the huge wage bill.”

On the alleged participation of workers in partisan politics, the governor advised that any worker, who wants to take part in active politics should resign his/her appointment in accordance with the civil service edict, threatening that anybody that fails to heed the advice would be shown the way out of office.

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