PAYROLL FRAUD: HON. BELLO BINA MEETS WITH PRIMARY SCHOOL HEADMASTERS.
The Chairman of Brass Local Government Council, Hon. Bello Bina, has directed all government primary school headmasters and school heads in the LGA to, with immediate effect, submit their nominal rolls, salary payment vouchers, and staff attendance registers to the Open Registry in the Council.
The Chairman gave the directive at a crucial meeting he held with the headmasters in Twon Brass on Thursday, to chart the way forward for immediate payment of salaries of public teachers in Brass LGA.
Hon. Bello Bina revealed that it was no longer acceptable for teachers’ salaries alone to gulp over N100 million of funds accruing to the Council every month, a development he attributed to the ghost workers syndrome and payroll fraud.
The Chairman said if this was not properly checked and well managed, it would prolong the delay in the payment of teachers salaries.
The Council Chairman who frowned on the glaring data discrepancy between those from the school heads and the Education Authorities in the LGA warned perpetrators of payroll fraud to desist from the evil act or face the full weight of the law.
Speaking further, Hon. Bello revealed that the Bayelsa State Government had stopped its 60 percent share of funding of the wage bill of primary school teachers in the state, and has transferred the entire financial burden to the local governments, hence the need for the Council to cross-check and examine all statutory records for the primary schools.
The Chairman who ommended the teachers for their contributions in the education sector, promised to deliver a robust welfare package for them and called for their cooperation and support to reposition the education sector in the area.
Speaking on behalf of the headmasters, the head teacher of Community Primary School, Egwema, Mr. Wodipakasegi O.Segi, lauded the Chairman’s initiative to reposition education in Brass LGA and for considering the plight of the teachers who had been owed over seven months’ salaries by the previous administration. He advised the council helmsman to prioritize education.
Also speaking, the headmistress of St. Barnabas School 1, Twon-Brass, Madam Martha Joe, advised the Council boss to implement the staff promotions which were released since 2014.
The meeting was attended by over 20 headmasters drawn from the LGA.
The Chairman was accompanied to the meeting by the Vice Chairman, Hon. Preye Broderick, and the Council Secretary, Chief Sonny Olofoni, also on the Chairman’s entourage was a famous Nollywood actor Gentle Jack.
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