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Oyo fires 662 for forgery, 200 for ghost workers punged

06 December 2016, 21:46

Abuja – The Oyo State Government has summarily dismissed 662 workers from the state civil and public service for forged school certificates.

More than 2 000 fictitious names of workers and pensioners have been removed from government payroll.

It emerged the fired employees had forged West Africa Secondary School Certificates (WASSCE).

The state’s Head of Service (HOS), Soji Eniade, confirmed the dismissals in Ibadan.

Eniade said government discovered over 600 personnel on its payroll were in possession of forged certificates verification handled by Messrs, Captain Consulting.

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Some 305 of the personnel were from the local government, 152 from ministries, 149 from Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), 28 from parastatals and two from the State Universal Basic Education Board.

Eniade pointed out 670 workers that were discovered to have submitted forged certificates, eight of them resubmitted their WASSCE certificates for re-verification while the remaining 662 had been summarily dismissed and the onus was now on them to prove the WASSCE certificates in their possession are original.

The HOS said that the exercise is a continuous one as the consultant is expected to extend the verification to higher institutions certificates submitted by the state civil and public servants.

Eniade explained that the Bank Verification Number (BVN) used to determine the accurate size of the workforce and pensioners exposed 1 432 fictitious state pensioners’ names, 84 fictitious local government pensioners and 505 fictitious workers in the state civil and public service.

He said officials handling the payroll would not be exempt from disciplinary action.

“We want them to tell us where they generated the names and explain why disciplinary actions should not be taken against them.” 

 

 

 

 

 

- CAJ News

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