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Oyo panel recommends removal of 41 ghost workers from payroll

The Oyo State Government says it has uncovered 41 ghost workers on the state’s payroll.

The government explained that the ’Implementation Committee of the Oyo State 2019/2020 Civil/Public Servants Audit and Payroll Re-engineering/Validation Exercise,’  which uncovered the fraud had recommended the removal the  41 ghost workers.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, added that the committee had examined the report submitted by the consultants engaged for the exercise and also interacted with the affected officers before reaching its verdict.

“The consultants had indicted 602 officers and recommended them for removal from the payrolls but the Implementation Committee affirmed 41 ghost workers; 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 read partly.

It further explained that Messrs Sally Tilbot Consulting was, in 2019, engaged by the Oyo State Government to undertake employees and pensioners’ verification and payroll re-engineering.

“Following a series of reconciliations, the report of the consultants was received by the government on April 30, 2021, after which an Implementation Committee was put in place to fashion out the final implementation model.

“The 13-member Implementation Committee, headed by Mr. D.O Olatunde, Permanent Secretary, Civil Service Commission, affirmed that 41 officers established to be “No Show” should be removed from government payroll.”

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