Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has revealed that 38 dead secondary school principals and 15 retired teachers were discovered to still be receiving salaries as regular members of staff in the state.
The governor stated this while speaking on Friday at an interactive session with principals of government-owned schools in Delta.
Okowa said the situation has left the integrity of Delta state principals in doubt.
“Investigations carried out by the government in Asaba and Agbor zones alone revealed that 28 strange names, 38 dead and 15 retired teachers were on the schools’ payroll. As heads of the schools, principals will be held liable for any fraudulent activity discovered in their schools.”
“A principal is a position of authority and integrity, and we should care about our conduct. As principals, you should know the staff in your schools. I know that no principal will claim not to be aware of such names in their schools, yet they allow government to pay such salaries; this is fraudulent.”
“The level of connivance is high for the names to still be in the payroll. Principals should know when persons are out of the system through retirement and death and pass such information to the relevant authority.”
“I want to assure you that such fraudulent cases discovered will be appropriately dealt with and handed over to security agencies for prosecution.”