By James Sowole in Akure

The Ondo State government said on Tuesday that the delay in the payment of secondary school teachers’ salaries was caused by anomalies discovered during the ongoing verification.

The State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Yele Ogundipe, disclosed that the discovery at a press conference in Akure, Ondo state capital.

He specifically pointed out that a sum of N12 million excess was discovered as error of summation in the original nominal roll of Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School, Akure, noting that there were variations between the payment vouchers and the nominal roll in virtually all the secondary schools.

The commissioner said it was discovered that nominal and payroll for October, 2015 did not tally in term of Staff strength for some secondary schools which included Ekimogun Grammar School, Bolorunduro, where the payment voucher was 40 while the nominal roll was 54, adding that pay point of some of the teachers did not correspond with the present place of duties thereby taking a lot of time to reconcile.

Ogundipe however said that about five secondary schools whose teachers had been cleared have received their salaries.

He listed the secondary schools to include Irele, Owo, Ese-Odo, Akure South and Akoko South West where figures have been reconciled and assured that all other schools would be paid without any further delay.

He assured the teachers that their salaries would be paid after the completion of the exercise before the end of the week.

He disclosed that numerous cases of under casting and over casting were discovered during the verification exercise.