Governor (Engr.) Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

Oyo Government uncovers 41 ghost workers, indicts 602 others in staff audit

*The Oyo State Government of Nigeria discloses consultants affirmed 41 ghost workers and indicted 602 officers, who were recommended for removal from the government’s payrolls

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Following the recent verification of its workforce, the Oyo State Government of Nigeria has said that it discovered 41 employees classified as “No Show”, a euphemism for ghost workers.

Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor (Engr.) Seyi Makinde, in a statement issued Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Ibadan, the state capital, said the consultants the government engaged to verify its workforce made the discovery.

The governor’s CPS noted that the Implementation Committee of the Oyo State 2019/2020 Civil/Public Servants Audit and Payroll Re-engineering/Validation Exercise also confirmed the ghost workers in the state.

Oyo State Government Secretariat Gate, in Ibadan

The statement said the consultants also indicted 602 officers and recommended them for removal from the payrolls, but the Implementation Committee affirmed 41 ghost workers.

Adisa explained that “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.”

The statement affirmed that, “the Implementation Committee had examined the report submitted by the consultants and also interacted with the affected officers before finalising the implementation model.

“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’.”

The state government also 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.

“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.”

According to the government, of the 341, who opted for voluntary retirement, 290 officers had turned in their voluntary retirement letters.

Adisa as well noted that 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 in the state.

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

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