Oyo Dismisses 662 Civil Servants Over Fake WAEC Results

The Oyo State Government on Tuesday said 662 civil servants had been
dismissed from the state public service for forging the West African
Examination Council’s certificates.

The state government added that 2,021 fictitious names of workers and pensioners had been removed from its payroll.

The state Head of Service, Mr. Soji Eniade, made the disclosure while
briefing the press on the decisions made at the State Executive Council
meeting which was held on Monday.

Also at the briefing were the state Commissioner for Information,
Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, and the Permanent Secretary in
the ministry, Dr. Bashir Olanrewaju.

Eniade said about 684 workers were not found at their duty posts during the last physical verification in the state.

He explained that the state government was restructuring the state
public service by ascertaining the quality and quantity of the
workforce.

Giving a breakdown of the number of ghost workers in the state, Eniade
said there were 1,432 fictitious pensioners’ names, 84 fictitious local
governments’ pensioners and 505 fictitious workers in the state civil
and public service.

The HoS said they were uncovered during the verification whereby the
Bank Verification Number was used to determine the accurate size of the
state workforce and pensioners.

He said, “The state government discovered that 662 personnel on its
payroll were in possession of forged WAEC certificates which were
discovered during the certificate verification handled by Messrs Captain
Consulting. Three hundred and five of the personnel were from the local
government councils, 152 from various ministries, 149 from the Teaching
Service Commission, 28 from parastatals and two from the state
Universal Basic Education Board.

“There were 670 workers that were discovered to have submitted forged
certificates, eight out of them re-submitted their WAEC certificates for
re-verification while the remaining 662 had been summarily dismissed
and the onus is now on them to prove that the WAEC certificates in their
possession are original.”

Eniade further explained that the exercise was a continuous one as the
consultant was expected to extend the verification to the higher
institution’s certificates submitted by the state civil and public
servants.

He urged workers with fake certificates to voluntarily resign as the government would come after them.

“The level of decadence in the system is embarrassing and this cannot
continue. What the government is doing is called self-check. There is
financial check, institutional check, quality check and so on. Any
organisation or even individual that wants to progress must engage in
self-check as standard practice.”