No fewer than 71 ghost workers have been discovered by the Osun State government during the last staff auditing exercise carried out to screen civil servants in the state.
The ghost workers were discovered among agencies of government and secondary schools in the state.
This disclosure was made in a statement in Osogbo on Friday by the Permanent Secretary, Local Government Service Commission and the chairman of Personnel and Job Audit Committee on MDAs and Secondary Schools, Mr Dayo Olaluwoye.
He said: “out of the 71 ghost workers, 39 were deceased while 32 were supposed living individuals that collect salaries without coming to the office.”
Commenting on the development, the Head of Service, Mr Yinka Owoeye commended the committee for the discovery and described their job as outstanding.
He said “you have redeemed the image of the civil service by doing a thorough job while discharging the duty assigned to you. The use of civil servants for the screening exercise had saved the government lots of money compared to the use of consultants. I want to assure you that screening of workers is an ongoing process and those that had issues with their certificates should endeavour to clear themselves.”