- A reported discovery of 718 alleged appointees in Bayelsa state under Governor Douye Diri is causing some ripples
- Part of the allegations is that the governor plans to sack workers using a review strategy
- However, Perekeme Kpodoh, an opposition party chief in the state, declares support for the governor's action
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The alleged discovery of 718 fake appointments leading to a supposed payroll fraud is causing some upheavals in Bayelsa and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not happy about it.
Perekeme Kpodoh, a founding member of the APC in the state, has thus urged residents and groups to avoid creating controversies around the discovery and plan Governor Douye Diri to wield the big stick.
Diri is reportedly planning to clean the mess but some groups have claimed the governor, a PDP member, was plotting mass sack of workers.
Kpodoh, in a statement made available to Legit.ng, insisted that Governor Diri's plan is for the overall interest of the state and its people.
Kpodoh noted that Governor Diri was already enjoying massive support from the people of the state because of the timely payment of salaries and pensions.
He noted that the planned action was not politically inclined against any political parties or parts of the state.
He further noted that the planned review of the state's workforce by the governor was not new since every administration across the country carries out such action.
"Governor Douye Diri's administration, like many of his counterparts in the PDP and APC including the President Buhari-led administration, is embarking on checks of the payroll list in order to guard against fraud in the state," he said.
Kpodoh urged the chairman of Bayelsa state civil service commission, Dr Peter Singabele, to meet with various stakeholders including the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and other bodies over the issue.
This, he said, is to avoid sentiments and put everyone on the same page.
Meanehile, Chief Kpodoh has assured the people of the state that the governor will not jettison the commencement of the Tombia-Etegwe roundabout project.
He said he was sure that the governor and his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewrhujakpor, an engineer, would produce a work of art on the proposed project.
Legit.ng had reported that Kpodoh recently spoke about the travails suffered by Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the party, as he alleged plans to frustrate the party in Bayelsa.
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