Kwara State Government has commenced physical verification of workers and pensioners in the state and those of the 16 local government areas.
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 Physical verification exercise followed the completion of the first phase which involved the use of Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) to verify workers and pensioners.
Speaking on the exercise, 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.
He explained that the verification was 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.
Alhaji Gold urged 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.
Speaking in the same vein, the State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Alhaji Haruna Muhammad said the exercise would assist the government to ascertain genuine workers in order to block revenue leakages.
He said about 17,000 workers and pensioners were expected to be verified at the local government.