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ICPC quizzes SUBEB officials

ASABA—THERE is currently  an uneasy calm at the Delta State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), as the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) officials have beamed their searchlight on the agency.

The searchlight came on the heels of recent revelation from the State Head of Service (HOS), Dr. Sam Okpokpor, that the state government has uncovered several ghost workers in various ministries and parastatals, including SUBEB.

Already, the Chairman of the erstwhile Board which was sent packing at the heat of the unbridled acrimony among the board members, Mrs. Nkem Okwuofu, has been quizzed.

She was invited to Abuja, while other members of the Okwuofu-led  board, including some of the transferred staff who kicked against the transfer, are similarly chatting with the ICPC officials in Abuja as well as some key officials currently serving.

Former SUBEB boss, Okwuofu, had cried out over the existence of ghost workers and told Vanguard sometime ago in an interview that she was prepared to step on toes in order to sanitize the system.

She had said:  “When I came in, it was discovered that unclaimed salaries for dead officers, officers who resigned or absconded were not being returned to government.

“We have now made it as a matter of policy that no local government collects its salary without such returns and as of today, within three months, about N25 million had been returned and saved for government.  Already, I have sent a memo to the governor informing him about the development”.


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