Over 1,000 local government workers in Abia State will lose their jobs at the end of March 2017, for presenting fake West African Examination Council results and age falsification for employment.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Charles Ogbonnaya, who stated in an interview with newsmen, said that the discovery was made during the ongoing verification of workers in the state.
Ogbonnaya said that the verification committee also discovered that there was a health worker at Amachara General Hospital on Level 14 and also serving as local government health officer on Level 14.
He said, “We sent the certificates of some local government workers to WAEC for confirmation, but the reply we got was that those certificates were not issued by that examination body.
“But there are 300 so far that we discovered falsified their ages; they are those that should have retired four to five years ago, but they are still in the service and we will show them the way out too.
“Others are those who gained promotion unduly; what we are doing about them is to bring them down to the real level.
“We have also sent the certificates of staff of other seven local governments to WAEC for confirmation of the authenticity of the results and we are waiting to see what the outcome will be.”
He pointed that many of the affected local government staff are not complaining, while those who claim to have cases to make have written their complaints and the committee on verification is looking into their complaints.
Ogbonnaya added that he had advised the local government chairmen not to tolerate truancy and pay attention to workers who engage in other businesses and pay less attention to office work.
The local government commissioner further charged the executive chairmen, especially Isialangwa North, South, Ikwuano and Obingwa to go into cassava production, while Bende, Arochukwu and part of Ikwuano should go into rice production to boost their internally generated revenue.