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Bayelsa SUBEB Exposes 765 Illegal Teachers, 50 Dead Persons In Payroll

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Posted: May 26, 2016 at 10:47 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Igoniko Oduma

Yenagoa – The Bayelsa State Universal Education Board (SUBEB), has uncovered over 765 illegally employed teachers in the eight local government areas of the state.

In Ogbia Local Government Education Authority 50 of the employed teachers  were discovered to have  died  yet drawing salaries.

Ogbia also topped the list of alleged payroll fraud at the local government education authorities with  230 illegally  employed teachers.

Others include Southern Ijaw,192, Sagbama, 136, Ekeremor, 108, Brass 9, Nembe, 25, Yenagoa, 25 and Kolokuma/Opokuma, 40.

Walton Liverpool, Executive Secretary of SUBEB, told reporters on Thursday in Yenagoa that over N100million would have been saved at the end of the ongoing clean-up of the payrolls of the eight local government education authorities.

“These  sets of workers were illegally employed by fraudsters and now parading as civil servants”, said Liverpool who is also an in-law to Seriake Dickson,  Bayelsa State Governor, .

He added: “As you are all aware, since the inception of the present administration, an embargo has been placed on fresh employment, but some people went behind to employ their cronies and backdated 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 am talking 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, Liverpool explained that whenever efforts were made to expose ghost workers, the payroll fraudsters  would parade some persons that would bear the names and also present sworn-in affidavits for their dates of birth, change of names and academic certificates.

“It will interest you to know that there are some people on the payrolls that are residing in Lagos, Abuja and even Ghana and are drawing salaries in Bayelsa. I am not exaggerating, it is happening.

“By the time we conclude this exercise, more names will be discovered. I have my facts; those perpetrating the atrocities are from the board  headquarters but from the LGEAs. With this discovery, the state government has been able to save N100m from SUBEB alone.

At the end of the exercise, the state government will save over N100m from the education sector. As you are all aware, the state governor has directed all the headmasters and principals to prepare the monthly vouchers.