The Implementation Committee of the Oyo State 2019/2020 Civil/Public Servants Audit and Payroll Re-engineering/Validation Exercise has suggested the removal of 41 workers tagged as “No Show” (ghost workers) by the consultants.
The consultants had charged 602 officers and recommended them for removal from the payroll, but the Implementation Committee confirmed 41 ghost workers; cleared 40 others of any infraction; revealed 10 deaths; 170 systematic retirements; and confirmed the option of voluntary retirement by 341 others with irregular records of service.
Making the disclosure, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, noted that the Implementation Committee had underseen the report submitted by the consultants and interacted with the affected officers before concluding 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.
Following the reestablishment, 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 13-member Implementation Committee, led by Mr. D. O. Olatunde, the Permanent Secretary, Civil Service Commission, affirmed that “41 officers established to be “No Show” should be removed from the government payroll immediately.”
The committee suggested that an administrative investigation be undertaken by the government to determine where the monthly salaries of the “No Show” officers had been going.
Adisa stated that of the 341 who indicated their decision of voluntary retirement to the Implementation Committee, 290 officers had submitted their voluntary retirement letters, while the 24 officers, who failed to take advantage of the two-month window, have been dismissed by the concerned agencies of the government.
The Implementation Committee submitted its report in May.
Its report submitted to the government, accused 602 workers and advised that they be removed from the payroll.
However, the Implementation Committee, recommended that the government should confirm the resolve of 341 officers, who decided to retire voluntarily, following the discovery of irregular records of service in their files.
The affected officers are to be “helped to port into the pension payroll not later than two months after their notices of retirement,” the report said.