James Sowole in Akure

The Ondo State Government on Tuesday said the delay in the payment of the secondary school teachers’ salaries in the state was caused by anomalies discovered during the on going verification exercises.

The state Commissioner for Finance, Chief Yele Ogundipe, disclosed 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 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 however disclosed that numerous cases of under casting and over casting were discovered during the verification exercise.

Speaking on the development, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), Mr. Adebiyi Dayo appealed to all teachers in the state to go about their lawful duties assuring that the government would not take them for granted.

Also at the press briefing with the finance commissioner were his counterparts in the Education Ministry, Mr Jide Adejuyigbe; Head of Service, Toyin Akinkuotu; Chairman, TESCOM, Prof. Francis Igbasan and ASUSS Chairman, Dayo Adebiyi.