Over six thousand workers verified in Kwara

By Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

Over six thousand workers and pensioners have so far been verified in the ongoing verification exercise for workers and pensioners in Kwara State.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Communications, Dr. Muideen Akorede disclosed this during the maiden Inter-Ministerial Press Briefing held at the State Ministry of Information and Communications, Ilorin.

Dr. Akorede said more 82,000 workers and pensioners were expected to be verified during the exercise.

He explained that the verification exercise is to ensure that only those properly employed receive salaries and pensions.

Dr Akorede said the verification exercise had been projected to ensure reduction of about thirty-five to forty percent in the state and local governments wage bills.

Ghost workers
Meanwhile, ten workers who were arrested on the suspicion of fake certificates, the governor’s aide said the issue is being¬†investigated and would be tried under the state civil service rules while those found guilty would face the full wrath of the law.

Dr Akorede added that the State Committee on Personnel Database Development would submit a report on the outcome of verification exercise involving the three media houses and the State Water Corporation to the state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed with a view to enabling them receive their salaries immediately.

Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Babatunde Ajeigbe said the Inter-Ministerial Press Briefing would be monthly affairs to enable the public have access to information on the activities of the state government.