Bayelsa uncovers payroll fraud in state’s education board

The Bayelsa government said on Thursday that it had 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, including 50 dead persons in Ogbia Local Government
Education Authority.

The Executive Secretary of SUBEB, Comrade Walton Liverpool,  said that
with the latest discovery, by the time the exercise is concluded, the
government will be saving over N100m monthly.

He said 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, 9, 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 parading as civil servants. 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, 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 date of birth, change of names and certificates.
‘It will interest you to know that there are some people on the
payroll 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’, he said.