Akeredolu reacts to 82 Ghost Workers that collected Car loan

A total of 88 ‘ghost workers’ received the sum of N48,210,000 as car loans from the Ondo State government in 2018.

This is according to the 2019 audit report submitted to the Ondo State House of Assembly.

While 86 workers in both the civil and teaching service collected loans above what they were qualified for, some beneficiaries got double car loan.

This was discovered through the audit report where a sum of N4.3bn was stashed in a Zenith bank account for over 10 years.

Part of the audit report stated that the sum of N9,750,000 was fraudulently disbursed to 16 non-public officers between October and December 2018.

The report said further investigations showed that a total sum of N38,460,000 was given to 66 persons whose names could not be found in the State Salary payment register and who were consequently deemed to be non-government employees.

Findings showed that Director, Treasury Service, Mr. Akinsanmi T. R and Mr. Jegede E.D Head Car Loan Unit were responsible for the signing of the bank confirmation schedules for cheques issued in respect of the disbursement.

SUNSHINETRUTH gathered that most of the disbursements were done without regard to due process.

Meanwhile, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has reacted to a publication by Saharareporters with the headline “Revealed: 88 ‘Ghost Workers’ Receive N48.2m Car Loan In Ondo”

Reacting to the news via his twitter account, Governor Akeredolu said the new development is one of the many fraud his administration has dealt with in the state public sector with the ongoing public service reform.

The Governor stressed that Saharareporters had covered one of the arrests made in April on its website and he vowed that his administration will continue to sanitize the public system.

In his tweets “One of many we have dealt with. Our Civil service reform efforts, which was covered by your website in April, has been uncovering all of these criminal elements in the system. We will continue to sanitize the system.

In April 2020, At least 25 civil servants under the employment of the Ondo State Government were handed over to the police for allegedly stealing public funds.

The civil servants were caught involving in all forms of employment racketeering and inputting fictitious names into the state’s payroll system.

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