Physical verification of workers and pensioners in the 16 local government areas of Kwara state has commenced following the completion of the first phase which involved the use of Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) to verify workers and pensioners.
The exercise, which started in Ilorin West Local Government secretariat featured Biometric data capturing, verification of documents and data forms of the local government workers and local government pensioners.
The Alternate Chairman, Kwara State Committee on Personnel Database Development, Alhaji Sola Isiaka Gold, said the exercise was to ascertain the authentic workers and pensioners in the 16 local government councils and at the state level.
Throwing more light on the verification exercise, Alhaji Gold said it was in order to give the government an accurate data of the state and Local Government Councils’ payroll and ensure that only those properly employed receive salaries and pensions accordingly.
While urging the affected workers and pensioners to comport themselves in an orderly manner with a view to ensuring smooth conduct of the exercise, he assured the workers that the committee would address noticeable challenges in the exercise to make it hitch-free.
The State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Alhaji Haruna Muhammad, said about 17,000 workers and pensioners were expected to be verified at the local government, adding that the exercise would assist the government to ascertain genuine workers in order to block revenue leakages.
The timetable for the physical verification exercise for workers and pensioners in Ilorin West Local Government Area will hold between April 4 and 6; Ilorin South; April 6-8, Ilorin East; 11-13, Ifelodun; 14-15 and Asa, 18-19 April, 2016.
For workers and pensioners in Edu, Isin and Oyun local governments, the verification exercise will take place on April 20, 21 and 22 respectively, while workers and pensioners in Patigi will appear for the screening on April 25; Irepodun 26; Oke Ero 27; Ekiti 28; Moro 29.
Workers and pensioners in Baruten, Kaiama and Offa will have theirs on May 2, 3 and 4 respectively, and for all staff of ministries, departments and agencies, the verification exercise is scheduled to hold between May 17 and 20.