Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has approved the dismissal of no fewer than 662 workers from the state public service for allegedly forging their West Africa Secondary School Certificates, WASC. Also, the government has said it had to remove 2,021 fictitious names of workers and pensioners from its payroll. This was disclosed yesterday by the Head of Service, Mr. Soji Eniade, following the decision at the Executive Council meeting held on Monday at the governor’s office.
Eniade, who was flanked by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Bashir Olanrewaju, explained that about 684 workers were not found at their duty posts during the last Physical Verification Exercise, PVE, carried out in the state recently.
Reacting to government decisions, the state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Waheed Olojede, said in as much as the union would not aid nor abet forgery of certificates, the government ought to have gone to WAEC to verify the authenticity of its claims.
"After the meeting of the Joint Negotiating Council that we had this afternoon, our decision is that Some of the affected workers came to us and showed the letter. We will write to the government that it should give room for fair hearing because all the workers might not be culpable. Those workers who were affected should go to WAEC to authenticate their certificates. ”Once they have done that, the government should allow the innocent ones to have fair hearing and where their claims are genuine, they should be let off the hook”.