The result of an audit exercise released by the authorities of the Imo State Secondary Education Management Board (IMSUBEB), has revealed that not less than 60 dead persons still exist in the agency’s salary payroll till date.
The revelation was made during the weekend when the committee set up by the Agency of Imo State Government to look into its activities submitted its report to the state governor.
Meanwhile, on receiving the report, Governor Uzodimma applauded the agency for the courage exhibited by carrying out the audit exercise and encouraged other ministries and agencies of government to emulate such for the purpose of sanitizing the payroll system of the state.
The result also shows that several individuals who are 60 years and above the age of retirement are still drawing salary while more than 40 staff of the agency who absconded from service are still listed on the pay-roll.
He said: “No amount of distraction will deter government from completing the automation exercise. It is unfortunate that agents of opposition party keep trying to blackmail the government. Unfortunately, I will not allow them to have their way.”
Furthermore, he said that he regretted that even though some of the leaders of the protesting pensioners like Collins Ohaneje has received his pension pay up till date, he still created an impression that government has not paid pensioners or was not ready to pay them at all.
The governor pleaded with the pensioners who are yet to receive their pay to exercise patience as the government does not harbour the intention of leaving out anyone who deserves to be paid.
In addition, he said that his administration is committed to the payment of salary and emoluments of civil servants and pensioners and urged those who are yet to receive their pay to approach the relevant offices with the appropriate data so that they can be listed on the payroll in line with the automation process.