The presence of ghost names and inflation of number of school children by some Heads of public schools, accounts for the delay in payment of subventions to public schools in the state.
During the last Workers’ day celebration in Uyo, the NLC chairman Comrade Etim Ukpong had appealed to the state governor on the need for prompt payment of the subventions, which are part of the features of the Free and Compulsory Education programme inherited from the previous administration of Chief Godswill Akpabio.
However, in a swift reaction, the State Finance Commissioner Mr Akan Okon said a process of authenticating real and ghost names in public sc
hools had commenced.
He said that, “we have discovered that the number of school children in public schools have been inflated, and given the dwindling resources available to the state government, we had to ascertain actual data.”
The State government pays schools’ heads 100 naira per term for each pupil and 300 naira per student in secondary schools in the State.
Akan Okon again reiterated the premium placed on the welfare of workers by the State Governor, adding that the process of making use of Bank Verification Numbers in the payment of salaries has help the government to save funds that hitherto had been lavished on ghost workers.
“We want to have a system that is very credible, a system that people are paid on the basis of work done, not a system where one person successfully earns salary in multiple places.”
He said that over 1500 civil servants recently came under the radar for issues involving their BVNs and a committee is working to sort out these issues.
He said the state is blessed to have a governor in the mould of Governor Udom Emmanuel under the present circumstances, because the finance status of the state is at its lowest level.
He said as someone with tremendous financial discipline, Governor Emmanuel has capacity to manage scarce resources to be able to navigate the state out of the difficult times.
He described the governor as a God-fearing leader whose vision is to industrialize the State and make it the best economy in the country.