At least 41 ghost workers have been discovered as ghost workers in the Oyo state workforce.

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Taiwo Adisa who disclosed this in a press statement said the investigation was carried out by a consulting firm and was later affirmed by an Implementation Committee in the state

He said the consultants intially indicted about 602 of the worker, adding that 41 workers out the indicted ones were later affirmed as ghost worker while 40 amongst them while cleared.

According to the statement, the Implementation Committee of the Oyo State 2019/2020 Civil/Public Servants Audit and Payroll Re-engineering/Validation Exercise has recommended the removal of 41 staff classified as ghost workers. by the consultants.

The consultants had indicted for removal from the payroll 602 officers and recommended them for removal from the payrolls but the Implementation Committee affirmed 41 ghost workers; cleared 40 others of any infraction; uncovered 10 deaths; 170 systematic retirements; and affirmed the option of voluntary retirement by 341 others with irregular records of service.

The CPS in the statement disclosed that the Implementation Committee had examined the report submitted by the consultants and also interacted with the affected officers before finalising the implementation model.

He said a Consulting firm had in 2019, engaged the Oyo State Government to undertake employees and pensioners’ verification/validation and payroll re-engineering.

He noted that following series of reconciliations, the report of the consultants was received by the government in April after which an Implementation Committee was put in place to fashion out the final implementation model.