By NosaEresonye, Asaba
There are strong indications that dead workers whose names were supposed to have been deleted on the payroll of the Delta State government are still on the payrol.
The Delta State chairman of the Civil Service Commission,Dame Patience IkemOkwuofu who confirmed this yesterday in Asaba during an interactive session with civil servants at the office of the Head of Service (Hos), regretted that despite all the efforts initiated by the state government to ensure that there were no ghost and absentee workers, it was shocking to uncover litany of dead workers that are still on the payroll of the state government.
Noting that the office of the Head of Service still needed to do much to ensure that civil service thrives, Dame Okwuofu disclosed that for over five years there was no promotion of workers in the state, adding that her office recently concluded the 2016 promotion of workers.
According to her: “It is sad to see that dead workers are still on the state government’s payroll, and 18 MDAs till now have failed to summit briefs hence the interviews for civil servants was suspended”.
On retirement, the Civil Service Commission chairman who was visibly angry at the uncovered records of many civil servants who ought to have retired, but falsified their ages, said: “We have also uncovered degrees forged, and we have recently promoted 189, and dropped three officers whose appointments were not confirmed, and were promoted to levels 13, 16 respectively.” She said that her commission has also uncovered over 45 workers who earn double salaries, especially those in the rural areas, warning that the state government would ensure that those fingered in the act are punished adequately.
She however called for whistle blowing among the measures aimed at exposing cheats among workers in the state. “We need whistle blowers to help us uncover many of the fraudsters among the civil servants.We will pay any worker who provides useful information, and keep the identity of the whistle blowers,” she added.
Earlier, the State Head of Service, Mr. Reginald Bayoko who commended the commission’s chairman, said that his office is willing to support her in ensuring discipline at the civil service.
According to him: “Discipline may not be necessarily imposed, but self-discipline will help workers to grow in the civil service.” He urged the civil servants to be up and doing, adding that no government can succeed without the inputs of the civil servants.