Osun govt confirms report, to lay off 586 workers




Adeleke and Oyetola

Osun state government has confirmed an exclusive report of the Blueprint Newspapers on the plan to sack some workers with certificate infractions.

A statement signed by the Supervisor, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, on Friday, said about 769 workers have been caught with certificate infractions and 586 of them would not be pardoned.

The statement stated that the decision was reached after a consultancy firm, The Captain Consultant, engaged in 2015 to verify the result of workers had submitted its report.

The statement said, “The screening of the workers credentials came on the heel of controversies and reported forgery of results with which some of the workers allegedly secured job in Osun civil service.

“At the commencement of the screening exercise in 2015, all the civil servants in the state were asked to submit their credentials in their personal files, from which the Captain Consultant firm got access to their results and begun the verification exercise.

“Each and every result submitted by each of the workers were verified in their various secondary schools, post secondary schools and tertiary institutions.

“Some of the workers who were suspected to have forged/fake results were summoned by the firm and asked to present original results or go to their various schools for either attestation or re-confirmation.

“The firm, on its own approached the schools for ‘confirmation of results’ of the affected workers for which they were obliged.

“The verification process uncovered serious certificate infraction on the part of some of the workers  across Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Government.

“In some cases, as discovered in the verification process, some of the affected workers used another person’s result, while some forged their secondary and post secondary schools results to secure job in the civil.

“In the case of some people employed as drivers in the service, it was discovered that they forged the O’Level results they submitted for their appointment.

“However, the firm in its report recommended that some of the civil servants caught in the certificate infraction be pardoned, while some should not be pardoned.

“Recommended for pardon are 102 drivers and 30 other workers who are to be pardoned on compassionate ground. A total of 586 workers are not pardoned, while the case of some 51 workers was still pending.

“While the exercise was on, some of the workers who were cleared and pardoned were receiving their salary while those that are yet to be pardoned have their salary suspended.

“A complete list of all the workers involved in the certificate infraction has been pasted at the Ministry of Information and Strategy, Civil Service Commission and Local Government Service Commission. Affected workers should check their names in the aforementioned places.”

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