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Over 500 Bayelsa Civil Servants Sanctioned For Supporting APC

Posted: Jan 26, 2016 at 12:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma,Yenagoa

Indications have emerged that the Bayelsa State Government under Governor Seriake Dickson has allegedly penciled down over 500  civil servants in the state’s civil service for sanctioning following their alleged support for the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just-concluded governorship election in the state.

It was gathered on Monday that the affected civil servants may not receive their salaries for the months of December and January as part of their punishment for being pro-APC in the poll.

Already, the action of the government is generating tension in the state.

Dickson was re-elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), defeating former Governor Timipre Sylva of the APC and Moses Siasia of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).

The Independent National Electoral Commission conducted the violence-riddled governorship election on 5 and 6 December 2015, and 9 January 2016.

The government was said to have deployed  ‘a special committee’ in each of the eight the local government areas of the state to ‘take note  of civil servants who are pro-APC’ before and during the election.

The action of the government cuts across the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) affecting civil servants who are within grade levels eight and 17.

It was learnt that the directive to punish the fingered civil servants was based on the report submitted by the ‘special committee’ shortly after the INEC declared Dickson winner of the election on 10 January 2016.

Their names were forwarded to the Due Process Bureau which operates the automated payroll system of the state government for ‘necessary action’.

The directive was said to have emanated from the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and routed through the office of the Head of Service (HoS) to the Due Process Bureau headed by Dickson’s Special Adviser on Treasury Matters, Mr. Timi Seipulo, for the implementation.

It was learnt that staffers of the state broadcasting corporation and the sport council were the worst-hit in the action of the government.

One of the affected workers said it was the accountant in their establishment that hinted them about their names missing in the payroll for December and January.

The civil servant, who pleaded anonymity because of “fear of further victimisation”, explained that when they took their complaint to the Due Process last week, they were told to seek clarification at the office of the HoS, Mr.Peter Singabele.

He said the HoS confirmed to them it was “the truth of the matter”.

“After the accountant told us that our names have been removed from the payroll because we had sympathy for the APC, we went to the Due Process and there they told us to go to the HoS.

“On his part, the HoS told us that it is the truth of the matter and that the instruction was from the Secretary to the State Government office”, he said.

When contacted, the HoS declined to comment on the matter over the phone, asking our correspondent, “how do you think I will speak on that kind of matter over the phone”?

But attempts to get his reaction  in his office at press time proved abortive as he was repeatedly said to be busy.