The Bayelsa State Government has accused some financial institutions operating in the state of colluding with unscrupulous civil servants to defraud the state government by promoting the ghost worker syndome and other unethical practices.
The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson stated this during a townhall meeting at the Unity Secretariat, Nembe in Nembe Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Iworiso-Markson, who lamented that the present administration inherited a huge gratuity obligation running into billions of Naira, condemned the ugly practice, which he noted, robbed the state government of huge amounts of money over the years.
While reassuring pensioners of government’s commitment to their welfare, he said the present administration is addressing the unwholesome act through the ongoing reforms.
Meanwhile stakeholders of Nembe Local Government Area have urged the Governor Seriake Dickson-led Restoration Government to revert to the former system of supervisory payment of salaries to curb fraud in the state public service.
This was the consensus of opinion during an interactive meeting where notable personalities from the area gave thumb up to the governor for summoning courage to embark on the public sector reforms.