LG VERIFICATION COMMITTEES UNCOVER ROT IN BAYELSA COUNCILS
The Local Government Verification
Committees instituted by Bayelsa State Government to probe the finances
of the eight local government councils in the state, yesterday,
presented startling and disturbing revelations from the councils,
including bloated staff salaries, ghost workers and lack of proper
accounting in the management of funds.
committees, which made public their findings in Yenagoa, were
inaugurated by the state deputy governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah
(rtd) sometime in April, to review the system and suggest ways of
making the local governments contribute to the development agenda of the
The committees were set up follow
reports that the third tier of government was bugged by ghost workers,
under-aged and over-aged workers, who have not been able to bring
positive development to the communities at the grassroots.
reports presented similar conclusions ranging from cases of over
staffing, huge salary bills, over-aged workers, absenteeism on the part
of staff and political heads, including elected officials.
the Sagbama Local Government Area report, the committee chairman,
Senator John Braimbaifa, who said they received several death threats
and intense lobby from certain quarters, said only 556 persons were
found to be genuine workers out of 1,257 found in the employment of the
In Ekeremor Local Government Area, the staff
verification committee chairman, Chief Thompson Okorotie, said it was
disturbing to have more staff as cleaners and clerical officers out of
the huge staff strength of 1,791, adding that most workers only collect
salaries without reporting for duty.
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