By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Bayelsa State, Famous Danumiegha, has challenged Governor Seriake Dickson to implement all the white papers on the various verification exercises so far conducted by his administration.
He said that an independent investigation revealed that a sizeable number of the state’s workforce has no business drawing salaries from the coffers of the state government.
Danumiegha, a former governorship candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, in a statement observed that a number of them got into the public service with falsified documents while there are also children on the payroll which formed part of the monumental fraud in the system that has resulted in the huge wage bill of over N4.5 billion.
He said: “The various findings of the verification committees set up by government must be fully implemented if we truly want to save the state from imminent collapse.
“The issue is not about politics, we must all collectively tell ourselves the truth that very soon we may have no state to call our own given the stark economic reality confronting us as a people.”
The task of rescuing Bayelsa from total collapse must begin with all of us, so I urge the government to fully implement all the verification exercise to address the issue of over bloated wage bill,” he said.
He maintained that the state cannot survive with the current wage bill, stressing that even the best of government cannot survive under the present situation.
“Even if you bring President Barak Obama and Donald Trump to serve as governor of Bayelsa State under this kind of situation, they will both fail woefully. We cannot afford to play politics with the salary issue and blame the current governor from now till thy kingdom come.
“There is nothing Governor Dickson can do unless we all collectively back him up to exercise the much needed political will to purge the public service by fully implementing all the verification exercise to weed the bad eggs out of the system.”