769 Osun workers caught in certificate infraction

769 Osun workers caught in certificate infraction

About 769 civil servants have been confirmed to be involved in forgery of certificate and other credentials which they used in securing employment with the state government. This was disclosed on Saturday in Osogbo, the state capital, in a statement by the Supervisor, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa. He disclosed that a complete

About 769 civil servants have been confirmed to be involved in forgery of certificate and other credentials which they used in securing employment with the state government.

This was disclosed on Saturday in Osogbo, the state capital, in a statement by the Supervisor, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa.

He disclosed that a complete list of all the workers involved in the certificate infraction had been pasted at the Ministry of Information and Strategy, Civil Service Commission and Local Government Service Commission notice boards.

He urged the affected workers to check their names on the lists at the designated places.

Baderinwa disclosed that it was the consultancy firm, The Captain Consultants, engaged five years ago by the state government, that uncovered the scam after thorough investigations.

He added that the outfit that was mandated to verify the results and other necessary documents of the workers in the state completed its assignment and submitted its report which indicted the workers of the infraction.

According to the statement, the screening of the workers’ credentials was against the backdrop of controversies and reported forgery of results with which some of the workers allegedly secured job in the Osun State Civil Service.

Baderinwa disclosed that 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 Consultants firm got access to their results and began the verification exercise.

He said that 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 or faked results were summoned by the firm and asked to present original results or go to their various schools for either attestation or re-confirmation,” Baderinwa said.

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

Baderinwa further disclosed that the verification process uncovered serious certificate infractions on the part of some of the workers  across Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Government.

He said that 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 jobs in the Civil Service.

He added that 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.

He disclosed that 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.

According to him, those recommended for pardon were 102 drivers and 30 other workers who are to be pardoned on compassionate grounds, adding that a total of 586 workers were not pardoned, while the case of some 51 workers was still pending.

Baderinwa said that while the exercise was on, some of the workers who were cleared and pardoned were receiving their salaries, while those that have yet to be pardoned had their salaries suspended.

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