Oyo govt begins workers audit, payroll verification
In a bid to fish out ghost workers and ascertain the number of workers and retirees on government payroll, Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has launched the staff audit and payroll validation exercise.
With the development, civil servants, public officials, teachers, local government employees and retirees would be screened in phases during the exercise that will commence on Wednesday at the state secretariat in Ibadan.
At the launch of the ceremony held at the executive chamber of the governor’s office, Makinde was screened by the consultant engaged by the state government, Sally Tibbot Consultant.
Speaking, the governor said the exercise is aimed at ascertaining the people drawing money from the government’s coffers, adding that the exercise was not basically about verification of certificates but for the government to curb wastage, plug leakages in its payroll and have valid data for planning.
He assured the workers that while the screening exercise lasts, no worker would be denied salary.
The Head of Service, Mrs. Ololade Agboola, also stated that no civil servant, public servant or pensioner would be treated unfairly by the exercise, adding that the target was to improve workers’ welfare.
Newspeakonline recalls that Makinde had cried out upon his assumption of office that the state wage bill increased by N1billion between the time he was declared the winner of the March 9 governorship election and May 29, when he was sworn in.