Governor of Bayelsa State, Sierake Dickson plans to punish 500 civil servants in the state for allegedly supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Timipre Sylva in the just concluded gubernatorial elections in the state.
Dickson is reportedly unhappy that some of the civil servants worked against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and against his re-election.
Sources said that the governor had set up a special committee in each of the eight local government areas to monitor the activities of pro-APC civil servants before and during the elections.
Thus, the instruction to sanction them was based on the report submitted by the committee shortly after INEC declared Dickson winner of the election on January 10, 2016. Names of those affected have been forwarded to the Due Process Bureau, headed by Dickson’s Special Adviser on Treasury Matters, Timi Seipulo, for appropriate action.
According to reports workers in the ministries, departments and agencies within grade levels 8 to 17 are the most affected by this action. As part of their punishment for being pro-APC in the election, affected civil servants who have not been paid since last October might not receive their salaries for the months of December and January as well.
This is generating so much tension as workers affected threatens to go to court. One of the affected workers who spoke to newsmen confirmed this. According to him, the accountant in his ministry told him that their names are omitted in the payroll.
He said when they complained to the Due Process Unit, they were asked to seek clarification at the office of the Head of Service, Mr. Peter Singabele, who confirmed to them that it was “the truth of the matter.”
The HOS however refused to talk to newsmen the matter.
Another source also told newsmen that pro-APC workers were not been paid by the state government.
“Right now, a fresh verification of workers is ongoing for this singular purpose. Most of these workers have not received their salaries since October, last year. While pro-PDP workers are receiving their salaries, those perceived to be APC members are not.”