By Samuel Oyadongha
THE Chief of Staff to Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Talford Ongolo, has dismissed as untrue, the claims by some politicians in the state that the ongoing crusade against pay roll fraud and reforms in the state and Local Government service are selective, saying the ongoing reforms are evidence -based.
Ongolo said the state government is unperturbed by failed attempts to blackmail its officials and propaganda against the Governor Seriake Dickson Administration, adding that the ongoing reforms have saved the Local Government and state services millions of naira through discoveries and blockage of leakages.
He made this known in Yenagoa at the two day capacity building training and workshop programme for Media Practitioners in Bayelsa State with the theme: “Modern Information Management: The role of Media Organisations, changing the narrative of Bayelsa State.”
Ongolo noted that despite the ongoing propaganda launched against the state government by the payroll fraudsters, “we have made discoveries and reduced the over-bloated wage bills of some local government councils. In Ogbia alone, over N40million was reduced from the wage bill.
“In some cases, some of the payroll fraudsters include the names of their lovers in the nominal roll. A lover was promoted from level 4 to level 14 in a civil service within two years. In some cases, a civil servant dies and he is substituted with his sibling. We cannot allow these to continue.’’