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Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State

The Oyo State Government has dismissed 662 workers over certificate forgery and expunged 2,021 fictitious names from its payroll.

Head of Service in the state Soji Eniade told newsmen in Ibadan that the sacked workers were identified after a thorough verification exercise.

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The affected workers include 305 from the local government service, 152 from MDAs and 149 from the Teaching Service Commission.

Twenty-eight others are from parastatals, 26 from higher institutions of learning and two from the State Universal Basic Education Board.

Eniade further said the State Executive Council had, at its last meeting, discussed the need to restructure the civil and public service.

“In terms of quantity, we want to have the right size or figure of civil and public servants in the state institutions, and our intention is to have institutions without ghost workers,” he said.

To achieve the objective, he said the state government re-engaged the services of a consultant who had earlier and excellently performed the same exercise in 2008.

He stated that the exercise was a normal organisational check aimed at improving the quality of service in the state.

“We cannot continue to allow the influx of people with fictitious certificates into the service of the state,” he said.

Eniade, however said they exempted the Primary School Certificate in the verification exercise.

“We only reckoned with West African Senior School Certificate (WASSCE), Ordinary National Diploma (OND), Higher National Diploma (HND), Degree certificates and other higher certificates,” he said.

He noted that with the utilisation of the Bank Verification Number (BVN), 2,021 fictitious names were identified on the state’s payroll.