SECRETARY TO THE OYO STATE GOVERNMENT PRESS STATEMENT ON THE ONGOING EMPLOYEE VERIFIATION EXERCISE

SECRETARY TO THE OYO STATE GOVERNMENT PRESS STATEMENT ON THE ONGOING EMPLOYEE VERIFIATION EXERCISE

The  Oyo State Government embarked on an Employee Verification exercise  with a view to eliminate fraud, errors in the payment of salaries, wages, pensions as well as to determine ghost workers. The Employee Verification exercise includes the following objectives:

1.     Ascertain the actual number of employees in the regular employment of the State by various categories.

2.     Determine who is a bonafide beneficiary of the salaries/wages/pensions paid by Government.

3.     Ascertain the level of compliance in respect of mode and format of payment of salaries e.g. payment into bank accounts ensuring recipients have the mandatory NUBAN Account Numbers and BVN numbers with all the appropriate and identified matches.

4.     Eliminate fraud in the payroll system by ensuring that only identified, deserving and regular employees receive the salaries being paid.

5.     Eliminate all forms of duplication and irregularities that may lead to the inflation of the payroll via the nominal roll.

6.     Put in place a strong Payroll System with controls for eliminating future errors and fraud.

7.     Fish out ghost workers.

8.    Ultimately, ensure the authenticity of the Government’s Wage Bill.

Consequently, the Nigerian Interbank Settlement Systems Plc (NIBSS) was sought out to help in achieving these objectives.  These external consultants were invited and engaged to ensure non-interference and the eventual production of a comprehensive, trustworthy verification process.

As you may know, the database of this interbank agency contains the Bank Verification Number (BVN) of all bank account holders in Nigeria.

By matching our employees Bank Verification Numbers with other personnel data voluntarily supplied by all workers, the consultants were able to determine the consistency or otherwise in our staffing records.

Meanwhile, those who had to pass through this stage of the verification exercise are as follows:

EMPLOYEES IN THE OYO STATE PUBLIC SERVICE

CATEGORY

STAFF STRENGTH

STATE

MDA STAFF

13,325

TEACHERS

18,729

NYSC (TEACHING)

2.279

SUB-TOTAL

34,333

LGA

LGA STAFF

7,985

PRIMARY TEACHERS

23,659

SUB-TOTAL

31,644

PENSIONERS

CIVIL

17,115

LGA

1,398

PRIMARY

6,668

SUB-TOTAL

25,181

SUBVENTION BENEFICIARIES

BCOS

     745

JUDICIARY

                      771

TERTIARY

                   6,734

WATER CORP

                       851

SUB-TOTAL

                   9,101

TOTAL

              100,259

After this forensic computerized data audit, the consultants from the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS Plc.) found many instances of inconsistencies, variations and entry details that did not tally.

In all, 16,532, employees out of a total 100,250 analyzed were found to have such issues requiring further clarification.

DETAILED FINDINGS FROM THE STAFF VERIFICATION EXERCISE. Below analysis carried out on:

81,775 core MDA, MDA Pensioners, SUBEB , SUBEB Pensioners, TESCOM (Full Analysis)

18,484 Tertiary Institution, LG Staff and Pension

Total = 100,259

BATCH

1

BATCH

2

TOTAL

CATEGORY 1A-MULTIPLE SALARY INTO MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS

569

76

645

i.

MDA employees drawing multiple salaries

122

ii.

MDA employees drawing multiple salaries

196

iii.

SUBEB employees drawing multiple salaries

120

iv.

SUB Pensioners drawing multiple salaries

52

v.

TESOM employees drawing multiple salaries

72

vi.

NYSC Corp members drawing multiple salaries

7

vii.

Parastatal staff drawing multiple salaries

1

viii.

LG active employees drawing multiple salaries

10

ix.

LG Pensioners drawing multiple salaries

 5

x.

Tertiary employees drawing multiple salaries

60

CATEGORY 18

MULTIPLE SALARY INTO SINGLE ACCOUNT

119

119

CATEGORY 1C-

MULTIPLE SALARY TO SINGLE NAME

 40

 40

CATEGORY 2-

EMPLOYEES THAT HAVE PASSED RETIREMENT AGE

1277

  388

1665

CATEGORY 3-

BANK ACCOUNTS LINKED TO INVALID BVN

  142

  44

186

CATEGORY 4-

BANK ACCOUNTS WITH NO BVN

 3919

452

4371

CATEGORY 5-

INVALID BANK ACCOUNT/NAME DETAILS

2097

1538

3635

CATEGORY 6-

EMPLOYEES WITH MISMATCHED NAMES

5795

5795

TOTAL

EMPLOYEES WITH ISSUES

13,958

2,498

16,532

TOTAL

EMPLOYEES WITHOUT ISSUES

67,817

15,986

83,727

TOTAL ANALYZED

 81,775

18,484

100259

 NOTE: 906 members of staff have details that overlap/appear in multiple categories.  We have NOT compressed the entries as this will give an inaccurate picture of the implication in terms of both the individual anomalies and the  monetary amount.

 RECOMMENDATIONS/ACTION POINTS

1.     The salaries of the 16,632 employees as noted be immediately suspended pending further investigation.

2.     The issues as observed be further evaluated.

3.     On categories 1A, 1B & 1, the extent of multiple salary payments should be determined, refunds pursued and legal actions embarked upon accordingly.

4.     Recover all monies credited but not accessed.

5.     For all categories, all the employees concerned should face a further verification panel to be constituted by His Excellency with adequate time line.

6.     Once the exercise in 5 is completed, concerted efforts should be made to ensure refunds of illegally paid drawn salaries.

7. For all the categories, where employees have been found culpable, further disciplinary actions including prosecution should apply.

 STAFF VERIFICATION EXERCISE PROPOSED PANEL MEMBERS

1.   DR. MUYIWA GBADEGESIN

2.   MRS TOLU SHADIPE

3.   CONSULTANT’S REPRESENTATIVE

4.   UNION REPRESENTATIVE – 1

5.   PERMANENT SECRETARY (FINANCE)  –  SECRETARY

My highest regards.

Source: Oyo State Goverment Media Team

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