The Oyo State Government yesterday said it has uncovered about 7,000 ghost workers in its civil and public service in the last one year.
The Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Mr Bosu Oladele, spoke in Ibadan, the state capital, at a roundtable organised bythe League of Veteran Journalists in the state.
The commissioner, who said a search for such workers are ongoing, explained that they were discovered through staff audit and biometric exercise.
According to him, the search will be extended to local governments and the pensions board to expose those feeding fat on government revenue.
Oladele, however, said despite the discovery, the state has about 38,000 workers and 38,000 pensioners, who receive monthly income from the treasury.
He said the resources from the Federation Account are inadequate to meet the overhead.
To overcome the shortfall in revenue and the gap created between the administration’s goal of developing the state, the commissioner said the Abiola Ajimobi administration would increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).