Your payment system full of irregularities
By FRIDAY Echi
Imo civil servants have raised serious concern over the payment system adopted by the governor Senator Hope Uzodimma.
They expressed their reservations when some of them in a telephone conversation with Edge Express and speaking under condition of anonymity drew attention to some of the issues playing out as a result of the new mode of payment.
It was gathered that the governor alleging so much irregularities in the pay-roll system hijacked it and brought it to his office at the government office. A consultant it was alleged is now managing the payroll system.
One of the issues the civil servants complained of is the discriminatory nature of payments even among civil servants in the same ministry. Here some persons are paid while others are left out even when they were being paid together before. The implication is that the government goes ahead to claim that they have paid everybody “when many of us are languishing,” declared an affected employee.
It was further revealed that even when the salary administration was hijacked to curb fraud and other sharp practices, there are reports that some irregularities were being experienced in form of over payment. A grade level 8 officer in a certain ministry was over paid 6 months’ salary instead of 3 that he was owed.
Okey Ekeopara stated that, “it can now be seen that the use of consultants does not provide fool proof measure against fraud.” Many top civil servants have also queried the use of consultants which have left those it was their statutory duties to manage pay-roll redundant. This they claim has taken away the job of accountants, payroll officer and other officials.
In his reaction, one of the top civil servants who simply gave his name as Nnadi, pleading to be left alone but eventually yielded to speak under anonymity said, “the politicians have destroyed a noble system. Assuming there is fraud as they claim, is what they are doing now the appropriate response? Do you know how much it costs to hire the consultants? Unknown to them they have created more problems for everybody.”
Our reporter who visited Ikenegbu Primary School, Owerri and Ngor Okpala discovered that two teachers who came on transfer were earning their salaries but since March have not been paid again till today. In Ngor Okpala some Council staffers are being owed since March till date. They claim that they have severally submitted all the information required of them.
Verifying the claims of the civil servants we discovered that some local governments sometimes get paid while others do not.
The salary imbroglio deepens when no explanation can be given for those who have been paid till May and adjudged as regularly employed but have since not received another payment. It would be recalled that the government has continually insisted that it has money to pay but are curtailing the irregularities.
How long this will take is anybody’s guess.