There is palpable fear among the rank and file in the Bayelsa civil service following the discovery of about 780 fake employment letters, particularly civil servants employed at the twilight of the immediate past administration of Governor Seriake Dickson.
The employment scam has prompted Governor Douye Diri administration to set up a committee to review the employements with the Chairman of the State Civil Service Commission, Dr. Peter Singabele, allaying fears of possible and retrenchment of civil servants by the present administration at a press conference in Yenagoa.
He however, pointed out that only those who were recently engaged into the civil service through the backdoor have everything to be afraid of.
Dr Singabele, disclosed that the state government has uncover a syndicate who specializes in forging the signatures of the immediate past governor and that of the Permanent Secretary of the Civil Service Commission to give applicants Appointment Letters for a fee.
He equally said two staff of the Commission have been fingered in the employment scam and have been handed over to a Disciplinary Panel for further investigation
The Chairman, added that investigations were ongoing to identify some staff of the State Treasury who are working with the syndicate.
He said: “We want to let all civil servants know that we are currently reviewing the appointments letters of most of those who were engaged newly and in particular those whose names are in the payroll in the Treasury.
” But it has been discovered that their names are not in the genuine employment list, that is what we are checking.
“At the end of our review exercise, all those with genuine employment letters have no course to worry as they will certainly remain in the civil service.
” But if you are unable to prove to us that you have a genuine employment letter certainly we have nothing to do about that,” he said.