The Bayelsa State Government has said there are about 27,000 illegal and ghost workers on the payrolls of the state local government areas.
Commissioner for Information and Orientation Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said this on Thursday in Sagbama, Sagbama Local Government Area, at the ongoing town hall meeting on reforms.
According to him, the development had brought the state’s workforce from 56,000 to 27,000 workers.
“Look at what has happened through the reforms. From 54,000 workers, with reforms we are now 27,000 workers in the entire state. It means that the difference of about 27,000 workers is fake people,” the commissioner added.
“Since 1996 that the state was created, it is only now that we are realizing that our state is being shortchanged. It means that billions of naira has entered into the pockets of some people. They are the people fighting these reforms.
“The people against these reforms are those who are taking advantage of our collective wealth and appropriating it into their own personal pockets and putting all of us including the state in this terrible mess. When you hear them criticize the reforms, take note of them, it is very possible they are those shortchanging the state”