By Festus Ahon
ASABA—AS part of his efforts to stamp out ghost workers from the primary education sector, Chairman of Delta State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Mr Elijah Ologe, has directed the Heads of Personnel Management, HPM, in the 25 local government areas in the state to conduct head count of workers in their respective councils within 72 hours.
Ologe who gave the directive at a meeting with the HPMs, said names of those who have not been going to work, should be forwarded to him for necessary disciplinary action.
Insisting that the board was out to stamp out ghost workers and all forms of fraud from the system in line with the policy direction of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration, he frowned at the rate of indiscipline and perceived sharp practices going on in the local education authority and allegations of fraud levelled against the HPMs.
He said: “The board desires serious change and you have been identified as the board’s problem and every stakeholder discussed with had pointed you as the major problem we have to deal with, that is why we have invited you to know why some of you issue illegal conversion letters, payment of certain amount of money, usurping the accountants and auditors jobs with regards to the preparation of updates and reasons for not moving pay points of transferred staff to their new schools among other issues.”
He said henceforth, applications for transfer by the Local Education Secretaries from one school to another “must include the computer number, school code of the staff, old and new school to make transfers more effective and for teachers to be accountable in their new school and also to the board.”
He said that a situation where a teacher is transferred without these codes and without notifying the board, could promote truancy and create more loopholes for corrupt practices.