By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Bayelsa State Government says it has uncovered payroll fraud in the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, with the discovery of over 765 illegally employed teachers in the eight local government areas of the state, including 50 dead persons in Ogbia Local Government Education Authority.
Disclosing this to newsmen, yesterday, in Yenagoa, Executive Secretary of SUBEB, Walton Liverpool said, the government will be saving over N100m monthly with the latest discovery.
He said that the discovery cuts across the eight local government areas with Ogbia Local Government Education Authority, LGEA, leading with 230 illegal employees.
Others are; Southern Ijaw LGEA, 192, Sagbama LGEA, 136, Ekeremor LGEA, 108, Brass LGEA, nine, Nembe LGEA, 25, Yenagoa LGEA, 25 and Kolokuma/Opokuma LGEA, 40.
According to him, “These sets of workers were illegally employed by fraudsters and now paraded themselves as civil servants. As you are all aware, since the inception of the present administration, an embargo had been placed on fresh employment, but some people went behind to employ their cronies and back dated it to 2007.
“In course of our investigation, after cross checking the 2007 nominal roll and vouchers with the recent ones, it was discovered that over 765 names have been infused. This has been the practice of some scrupulous officers in the local government education authorities.
“Some of the affected workers are being aided by the Local Government Education Authority staff. As I talk to you now, one of them is cooling off at the State Criminal Investigations Department and more will still be arrested.”
On the issue of ghost workers, the Executive Secretary added that in looking for ghost workers in Bayelsa State, the fraudsters will parade some people that will bear those names and present sworn affidavits for their dates of birth, change of names and certificates.