The Ondo state government today disclosed a sum of N41million has been discovered after the recent verification exercise conducted for local government workers, primary school teachers and pensioners in the 18 local government. areas of the state.
The state Head of Service, HOS, Mr Dare Aragbaiye disclosed this while addressing newsmen over the activities in the civil service at the cocoa conference hall, governor office, Akure.
Leadership of the organised labour was also present at the media briefing .
Aragbaiye explained that, “The Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs conducted verification exercise for Local Government workers, Primary School Teachers and Pensioners between August and November, 2019.
The outcome revealed that monthly salaries and wages were reduced by over N41m when the salary figures of pre-verification were compared to the post verification. ”
He explained further that “there were the discovery of salaries manipulation by the Salary Control Officers of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) at Akure North LGEA put at N4m out of which N1.9m has been recovered.
“We have since commenced disciplinary actions against the officers alleged to have been involved in the fraud while several other leakages have been blocked with measures put in place to prevent future occurrence. ”
On the successes recorded in the service in the recent years , the HOS said Additional seven hundred and fifty seven workers had been recruited into the Ondo State civil service.
Aragbaye maintained that additional one thousand teachers would also be recruited in the next two weeks.
The HOS explained that NCE and University graduates would be considered for the employment in place to boost the state’s education sector.
On the delay of workers promotion due to covid-19, delay in payment of remittance and outstanding emolument of local government workers salary, Mr Aragbaye said government had been working round the clock to settle those affected
Responding, the state’s JNC chairman, Olaniyi Fabumi, NLC chairman, Sunday Adeleye and the TUC counterpart, comrade Helen Odofin encouraged government to ensure prompt payment of deduction from their salaries
On the dwindling allocation, the Labour leaders advised government to always look inward and also ensure that part of whatever came into the state’s purse would be used to settle the lingering outstanding.