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Backlash as Makinde fires 314 council workers over documents falsification, irregularities


Backlash as Makinde fires 314 council workers over documents falsification, irregularities

Controversy has dogged the dismissal of 314 local government workers by Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde over alleged irregularities and falsification of documents.

According to SaharaReporters, many of the affected officials were junior staff and others who had been employed into the service to replace them.

One of the affected workers who craved anonymity disclosed that though some had instituted legal actions against the government, many are still appealing to the state government to readmit them into the service as they didn’t commit any offence.

In the dismissal letter signed by the Permanent Secretary Local Government Service Commission, Akin Funmilayo and titled “Compulsory Retirement from Local Government Service on account of Irregularities in Service Records,” the state government said there were irregularities and falsification of documents in the records of the workers.

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The letter dated 30th June 2021 reads; “I wish to refer to the above subject and inform you to proceed on compulsory retirement from the local government service with immediate effect on account of irregularities and falsification of documents notice in your service records during the civil and public service of the state which is a serious breach of the provision of relevant extant service regulations.

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“You are enjoined to hand over the local government properties in your custody to your Head of Department immediately. I wish you best of luck in your future endeavours.”

When asked if the affected workers truly used fake results to process employment in the local government, one of the victims said, “If I forged results to gain employment, will I go to court? Makinde is evil and we shall fight it when we get to court. We are 314 persons who were affected. How can such huge number forge result to get employment? We shall see to it in court.

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“The court will first ask the state government to pay for defamation because my name has been destroyed. The court will find out if my Higher National Diploma of over 20 years was fake and my Post Graduate Diploma of 16 years was forged as well.

“It will also find out if my latest degree at the Department of English in the Faculty of Arts is fake. We shall see.”
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