The end has come for ghost workers under the employment of Oyo State as 16, 532 ghost workers have been discovered by the government led by Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
This was disclosed at a press briefing by the Secretary to the State Government, Ismail Olalekan Alli, who said that the salaries of the affected employees will be immediately suspended pending further investigation.
He explained further that the extent of multiple salary payments would be determined while refund and legal action would be pursued, adding that all monies that were credited but not accessed would be recovered.
To give the affected workers the benefit of the doubt, he said that “all the employees concerned should face a further verification panel to be constituted by the Governor with adequate time line. For all employees who are found culpable, further disciplinary actions including prosecution would be applied.
The verification team includes the immediate past Commissioner for Health, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin as chairman and Permanent Secretary (Finance) as Secretary. Other members of the committee include Mrs Tolu Shadipe, a representative each of the consultant and staff union.
In total, Oyo State has 100, 259 workers.
After the forensic computerised data audit, the consultants from the Nigerian Interbank Settlement Systems (NIBSS Plc.) found many instances of inconsistencies, variations and entry details that did not tally.
16, 532 employees out of a total 100, 250 analysed were found to have such issues requiring further clarification.
After matching the employees’ Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) with other personnel data voluntarily supplied by all workers, the consultants were able to determine the consistency.
Below is the breakdown of the State’s employees who passed through the verification exercise.
MDA Sttaff – 13, 325
NYSC (Teaching)-2, 279
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS:
Primary Teachers – 23, 659
Total- 31, 644
Civil- 17, 115
LGA- 1, 398
Primary- 6, 668
Total: 25, 181
Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State- 745
Tertiary- 6, 734
Beneficiaries- Water Corp
Total- 9, 101.
MULTIPLE SALARY INTO MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS
1) MDA employees drawing multiple salaries – 122
2) MDA pensioners drawing multiple salaries- 196
3) SUBEB employees drawing multiple salaries- 120
4) SUBEB pensioners drawing multiple salaries -52
5) TESCOM employees drawing multiple salaries- 72
6) NYSC corps members drawing multiple salaries – 7
7) Parastatal staff drawing multiple salaries – 1
8) LG active employees drawing multiple salaries -10
9) LG pensioners drawing multiple salaries- 5
10) Tertiary employees drawing multiple salaries – 60
Source: The Vendor