The Oyo State Government says it has summarily dismissed 662 civil servants and removed 2,021 fictitious names of workers and pensioners from its payroll, just as Ogun State Government recalled 12 workers sacked in October.
The State Head of Service (HOS), Mr Soji Eniade, announced this at a press briefing about the decisions of the Executive Council after its meeting held on Monday in Ibadan.
Eniade, while giving a situation report on the on-going reform in the state civil and public service, stated that about 684 workers were not found at their duty posts during the last physical verification exercise (PVE) carried out in the state recently.
He explained that the state government was restructuring the state civil and public service by ascertaining the quality and quantity of its workforce.
The HOS said that through the Bank Verification Number (BVN) government was able to detect 1,432 fictitious state pensioners, 84 fictitious local government pensioners and 505 fictitious workers in the state civil and public service, amounting to 2021 persons.
He added that the state government discovered that 662 personnel on its payroll were in possession of forged WASSCE certificates discovered during the certificate verification handled by Messrs. Captain Consulting consultant.
Report of the firm indicated that 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.
“I am an advocate of some of the private sector practices to be injected into the public and civil service in the state.
“The government engaged the services of a consultant and this is the same consultant used by the previous administration.
“We do not want any interference and that is why we have engaged a third party to weed out the bad ones among us all.
“In 2013, workers with fake certificates were dismissed and it is a continuous process which the government will see to the end.
“We are using the exercise to determine the quality and the quantity as well as right sizing the workforce for efficiency, prompt salary payment and service delivery to restore the lost glory of the public and civil service.
“Initially, we had a total of 670 and eight out of them have represented their certificates. We will give them the opportunity of re-verification.
“Also, we have started issuing queries to the personnel that prepared the payrolls where fictitious names were discovered.
“We want them to tell us where they generated the names and explain why disciplinary actions should not be taken against them,” Eniade said.
Manwhile, the Ogun State Government has recalled 12 staff, who were dismissed on Oct. 5, 2016, following intervention of key union leaders.
The recall of the workers is contained in a press statement signed by the Head of Service, Elder Sola Adeyemi in Abeokuta.
The Renaissance reports that 16 workers were dismissed over allegation of unethical roles they played during the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration.
Adeyemi also stated that 19 other worker, placed on suspension, were also recalled.
According to the statement, those who were reinstated to the service of the state were directed to resume duty on Jan. 2, 2017 while the recalled officers were asked to return to work on Monday, Dec. 12.
The Head of Service explained that the affected workers were recalled following interventions by the national and local leaderships of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).
He added that traditional rulers, religious leaders, elders and well-meaning personalities also intervened on behave of the workers.
Adeyemi said that the cases of the remaining four dismissed workers, including the state chairman of the NLC, Akeem Ambali, the state chairman NUT Dare Ilekoya, Eniola Atiku and Nola Balogun, were undergoing evaluation.