23rd November, 2010
It has been uncovered that names of dead civil servants and retirees under theÂ employ of the Lagos State Government, South West Nigeria are still on the payroll ofÂ government long after they have been confirmed dead or retired.
Also on the payroll are some officers who have left the civil service throughÂ resignation, withdrawal of service, abscondment and dismissal.Â Â Salaries are stillÂ being paid to them as their names are still on the oracle database of the stateÂ government.
To correct this anomaly, the Governor Babatunde Fashola administration has ordered aÂ monthly staff audit of all workers in order to remove ghost workers and stop paymentÂ of salaries to some unscrupulous civil servants using the names of dead staff andÂ retirees to enrich themselves.
Every ministry, agency, parastatal and other affiliated government bodies are now toÂ carry out compulsory monthly staff audit before salaries are paid to staff, whileÂ Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Departments would now be held responsible forÂ such crooked act.
A circular from the Public Service Office, PSO has gone to all ministries, agenciesÂ and others on this issue and officrs directed to comply with it promptly.
According to the circular, with ref. number Cir/HOS/10/Vol.1/103, â€œit has beenÂ observed that some officers who had exited the service through retirement,Â resignation, withdrawal of service, abscondment, dismissal and death are still onÂ the oracle data base of the state government.
â€œThis is worrisome as it questions the validity of the staff audit exercise carriedÂ out on bi-annual basis to cleanse the system.Â It is in view of the above that allÂ ministries, agencies, departments are hereby enjoined to carry out monthlyÂ verification exercise of their staff until further notice.â€
The circular added: â€œPermanent Secretaries and Heads of Agencies of government willÂ henceforth be held responsible for not deleting from their payroll the names ofÂ staff that had exited from the service.â€
The circular was signed by the Permanent Secretary, PSO, Mr. Lateef Abari.
Last month, the Committee on Wage Determination and Pay Policy for Civil ServantsÂ set up by the governor had recommended the audit of all staff within the civilÂ service to ascertain the actual number of staff money should be paid to.
Before the end of this week, all professional drivers within the civil service areÂ to appear physically for verification.
P.M.NEWS gathered that this will be used to ascertain the number of drivers stillÂ working with the state government.