Oyo state government uncovers 41 ghost workers

The Oyo State Government  has uncovered 41 ghost workers in its workforce during a validation exercise conducted by consultants engaged to verity the workforce and also indicted 602 officers recommended to be remove from the payrolls.

Penpushing reports that, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Taiwo Adisa made this known in  statement on Wednesday, adding that  the Implementation Committee of the Oyo State 2019/2020 Civil/Public Servants Audit and Payroll Re-engineering/Validation Exercise confirmed the ghost workers.

The statement added that the consultants also indicted 602 officers and recommended them for removal from the payrolls but the Implementation Committee affirmed 41 ghost workers, as well as 170 systematic retirements.

“The consultants cleared 40 others of any infraction; uncovered 10 deaths, 170 systematic retirements and affirmed the option of voluntary retirement by 341 others, with irregular records of service’, Adisa said.

“The Implementation Committee had examined the report submitted by the consultants and also interacted with the affected officers before finalizing the implementation model’, the statement emphasised.

“Messrs Sally Tilbot Consulting was, in 2019, engaged by the Oyo State Government to undertake employees and pensioners’ verification/validation and payroll re-engineering tagged “2019/2020 Staff Audit’, he stated.

“Following a series of reconciliations, the report of the consultants was received by the government on April 30 after which an Implementation Committee was put in place to fashion out the final implementation model’,Adisa added.

“The committee recommended that an administrative investigation be undertaken by the government to determine where the salaries of the ‘No Show’ officers had been going,” the report said.

Penpushing further reports that, the statement explained that of the 341 who opted for voluntary retirement, 290 officers had turned in their voluntary retirement letters, while the Implementation Committee, however, recommended that the government should accept the retirement of the 341 officers following the discovery of irregular records of service in their files.

The statement said, the committee recommended that, the affected officers, are to be helped to port into the pension payroll not later than two months after their respective notices of retirement.

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