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Published On: Fri, Dec 15th, 2017

Ghost workers syndrome worries Delta assembly

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From Osakhare Erese Asaba

Ghost workers’ fever has unsettled the three major polytechnics in Delta State following the resolution of the State House of Assembly Committee on Education directive that authorities of the various schools to forward to it the staff nominal roll.
But the State Government’s dependable sources who did not want their names in the print, confirmed that no fewer than 12, 000 ghost workers were recently uncovered within the higher education sector in the state, particularly the state owned Colleges of Education.
Speaking to journalists in Asaba yesterday, the State Commissioner for Higher Education, Engr. Jude Sinebe, disclosed that the State Government was committed to providing quality education, adding that it also resolved to fish out ghost workers among workers at the higher institutions in the state.
Engr. Sinebe averred that to attain higher level of quality education, all hands must be on deck, and warned that the state government will bring to book those behind illegal activities within higher institutions.
Expectedly, the Assembly Committee on Education headed by Angela Nwaka on a visit to Ogwashi-Uku Polytechnic, Ozoro, and Otefe Oghara yesterday, directed that the schools.
Staff nominal roll be forward to the committee, adding that the committee was determined to address the issue of ghost workers in the institutions.
Hon. Nwaka representing Aniocha South Constituency at the State House of Assembly also directed the rectors to furnish the committee with the years of employments, present salary grade levels, Local Government of Origin, and Government approval for the employments.
Requesting that documents of staff of the polytechnics should get to the committee before January 30, 2018, Hon. Nwaka further directed the schools’ authorities to include details of adhoc and part time staff in their institutions, as well as the amount being spent as salaries.
She said that ghost workers had been major problem confronting the state government, explaining that there was need for all relevant government agencies, and departments to collaborate to nip the problem in the bud.
The lawmaker clarified that the polytechnics were not under probe, noting that the information being required was to assist it in its oversight to the institutions, explaining that any efforts to strength the institutions for better academic excellence should be encouraged.
Speaking further, the Higher Education Commissioner, Engr. Sinebe however commended the committee’s efforts in the development of the education sector in the state, adding that for due regard to the laws establishing the institutions as well as the polytechnics cannot operate outside what obtains in other polytechnics across the country.
He stated that government’s focus was to turn out students with sound academic performance, disclosing that the development had made entry requirements into the institutions more strict, noting that it had affected the number of intakes in the polytechnics.

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