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Dickson probes salary fraud in Bayelsa

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Gov. Seriake Dickson

Gov. Seriake Dickson

• Shelves meeting with Labour
The frosty relationship between labour union in Bayelsa State and Governor Seriake Dickson may have deteriorated, as the earlier announced emergency meeting of both parties failed to hold at the weekend.

Instead, the governor, who just arrived from a vacation on Friday, set up a nine member judicial commission of inquiry to investigate fraudulent falsification of the government payroll and other accounts. The measure, he said, was part of efforts to sanitise the civil service and entrench corporate governance in the state.

Dickson in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, had earlier promised that the meeting would hold on Friday, May 6, 2016, but at the time of this report, there was no meeting, an indication that the NLC was not happy with the governor.

Already, workers under the aegis of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have given the state government a 21-day ultimatum, which they vowed not to rescind at the colourless May Day rally last Sunday.

However, the judicial commission of inquiry to investigate fraudulent falsification of the government payroll and other accounts set up by the governor,on Friday is to be headed by Justice Doris Adokeme, while Mr Victor Slaboh is secretary. Other members are Chief Amos Poubinafa; Mr. Olodiama Jebba representing the Ministry of Justice and Mr. Anthony Ikhobo representing the State Treasury.

The commission, which has 60 days to conclude its assignment, is also to extend its investigation to the eight local councils of the state.


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