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Verification: Overpaid Workers In Ekiti To Refund Excess Salaries

Posted: Aug 2, 2015 at 8:03 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yaqoub Popoola, Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has set up a committee to review the outcome of the recent verification of workers on the state government’s payroll and fish out those being overpaid among others.

Such public servants are to refund the excess fund and may be prosecuted as well.

The committee, to be headed by the Deputy Governor,  Dr.  Olusola Kolapo, is also to compile the list of dead workers still on payroll, those not due for study leave but were granted and still being paid, those who absconded from their duty posts among others.

In a statement in Ado-Ekiti by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the committee also has as members the Secretary to the State Government, the Attorney General, the Commissioner for Finance, the Head of Service, the Accountant General, the Auditor General and the Director in the Ministry of Budget.

The setting of the committee followed the presentation of the report of the review of the state biometric payroll system to members of the State Executive Council.

According to the report, in the Teaching Service Commission, for instance,  the state lost N155.7 million in two years, due to 1,154 staff collecting more money than their actual salaries.

Governor Fayose, who frowned at the development, said his administration would spare nothing to block leakages and stop other official misconduct being perpetrated in the public service.

“Verification is an ongoing process to eliminate leakages and waste in the system and it will also promote efficiency. Look at a situation in which somebody has been in London for three years and his salary still being paid. He wrote a letter to one of his relatives to give to the deputy governor to help beg him so that he his deeds should be covered up. His salary was still being paid until he was fished out during the verification exercise.

“Those who are indicted must be prosecuted and the accounts they used traced. Those being overpaid will have their salaries stopped and asked to explain how they came about their overpayment. The committee is to find solutions to the problems of overpayment and others. Such people will pay back and made to face the music,” he said.

The governor also directed that the 30 ad hoc staff of the firm that installed the payroll system for the state but who were converted to staff of the government be disengaged.

Among the anomalies discovered during the verification exercise were multiple salary payments, gaps in administrative oversight, duplicate in account numbers.

Others were one account number being shared by two staff which involved about 200 workers, irregular classification of pay groups, overpayment to micro-finance banks, among others.

The state government recently conducted the verification of its workforce during which no fewer than 500 ghost workers were identified.