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