Oyo suspends payment of over 16,000 staff salaries.
Oyo State Government has suspended the payment of 16,532 employees due to irregularities that was discovered during the state employee verification exercise.
This was discovered after a forensic computerised data audit for 100,250 workers in the state by Nigeria Interbank Settlement Systems Plc (NIBSS), conducted in all the state Ministries, Department and Agencies (MGAs) and state and local government workers.
The Secretary to Oyo State Government, Alhaji Olalekan Alli, disclosed this on Tuesday while addressing journalists alongside the Head of Service, Soji Eniade and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Yomi Layinka on the outcome of the employee verification exercise.
He said the verification exercise was not intended to witch-hunt the workers but to eliminate fraud in the government payroll system by ensuring that only identified, deserving and regular employees receive salaries.
He said, “NIBSS after their audit discovered “5,795 employees with mismatched names, 4371 employees’ banks account with no Bank Verification Number (BVN),3,635 invalid employees’ bank accounts, 1,665 employees that have passed retirement age and 645 employees with multiple salary into multiple accounts, among others.”
“In all, 16,532 employees out of a total 100,250 analysed were found to have such issues requiring further clarification. Government has decided that the salaries of the 16,532 employees as noted be immediately suspended immediately pending further investigation. In effect they have only been identified as having issues requiring further clarification.
“Indeed, panel is being set up by the Governor to create a platform for these categories of workers to present and explain their special circumstances. Those who successfully do so will of course get back on the authentic government’s payroll, while those who fail will obviously have to be thrown out”