The Bayelsa State Government has uncovered more than seven hundred suspected fake appointment letters in the Bayelsa State Civil Service.
This was revealed by Dr. Peter Singabele, who is the Chairman of Bayelsa State Civil Service Commission after receiving the report of the Committee on Verification of Appointment Letters inaugurated by the Bayelsa State Civil Service Commission.
Accordingly, some of the members of the fake employment letter syndicate, involved in the employment racketeering have so far been arrested.The verification committee was headed by the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Agriculture, Dr.Mightyman Aye Dikuro.
Speaking further, Dr. Singabele, iterated that most of the members of the fake employment letter syndicate operated with some serving officials of the Bayelsa State Civil Service Commission and the State Treasury.
The verification committee which was inaugurated in March, 2020, also uncovered fraudulent activities involving the collection of money from unsuspecting applicants to facilitate their employment into the civil service, with fake letters of appointments issued to the unsuspecting victims. It is these fake employment letters with which they were allegedly enrolled as civil servants, thereby increasing the
wage bill of the government.
According to Dr. Singabele, there are other syndicates who are believed to be in the government circles and are “suspected to have fraudulently facilitated appointments into the State’s civil service using fake Governor’s letter head and signature.”
“Disciplinary actions would be taken after studying the recommendations of the committee according to the civil service rules of Nigeria”, Dr. Singabele continued.
He however debunked “fake stories making the rounds on different social media platforms that Governor Douye Diri was planning to sack Bayelsans employed by the previous administration, insisting that there are no plans to sack any genuine worker.”