The Ondo State government yesterday said it has uncovered fraud in the payment of teachers’ salary.
The government said this has caused a delay in the payment of workers’ salary.
At a briefing in Akure, the state capital, Commissioner for Finance Yele Ogundipe said the fraud was discovered during the verification for workers and in which the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) staff participated.
Ogundipe, who was accompanied by the Head of Service, Toyin Akinkuotu and Commissioner for Education Jide Adejuyigbe said the government embarked on the verification for a reconciliation of the figures on the nominal roll with actual staff in schools.
The commissioner said N12 million excess was discovered as error of summation in the nominal roll of Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School, Akure.
Ogundipe added that the government observed that the nominal roll and payment for October did not tally in terms of staff strength for some schools.
He noted some schools where the discrepancies occurred include Ekimogun Grammar school, Bolorunduro, which he said has staff strength of 40 but the nominal roll showed 54.
The commissioner said there were also variations between the payment vouchers and the nominal roll in all the secondary schools.
Ogundipe said it was observed that pay points of some teachers did not correspond with the present place of duty, thereby taking a lot of time to reconcile.