Abia: Over 1000 LG workers to lose job over false certificates, double dealing

There are facts that over 1000 workers across the 17 local government areas of Abia state may be at the verge of losing their jobs over presentation of false certificates and working in two places in the state civil service.

Speaking with The Nation in an exclusive interview in Umuahia, the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Charles Ogbonna, said a committee was set up to verify the authenticity of workers results and certificates.

Ogbonna said when he assumed office, the state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, charged him to sanitize the local government system, stressing that the place is infested with people who are duping the government.

He said a committee headed by Rt. Hon. Allwell Asiforo Okere, a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, was set up to verify the authenticity of the results and certificates.

He said that in their preliminary report, after looking into the results and certificates presented by the workers at the point of employment, “what the committee came up with is simply alarming”.

The commissioner said he is constrained to make public the findings of the committee before the State Executive Council takes action and advised those involved to resign honourably before they are disgraced out.

Ogbonna said, “There are others who were promoted illegally in their place of work and their cases will be looked into and the appropriate measures will be meted out against them”.

“There are others who are working in two places and receiving salaries every month, which is fraud and a serious crime against the state; these are people who will turn around to say that government does not want to provide jobs for their children.

“We have a case of a man working at the Amachara General Hospital and he is on salary level 13, while also working at Umuahia South Council on salary level 14; so he is on level 27 which is abnormal”.

The commissioner said the ministry is going to expose them and that people should not be surprised when they are exposed, as they have been siphoning public funds for their personal use and to the detriment of the government.

Ogbonna said after being exposed, whatever the government
decides to do to them will be made public, stressing that their
act is purely criminal.