By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
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 Umuahia, the state commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Charles Ogbonna said that a committee was set up to verify the authenticity of workers results and certificates.
Ogbonna said that when he assumed office that the state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu charged him to sanitize the local government systems, stressing that the place is infested with people who are duping the government.
He said that a committee headed by Rt Hon. Allwell Asiforo Okere a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly to verify the authenticity of the results and certificates set up.
He said that in their preliminary report after looking into the results and certificates presented by the worker at the point of employment, “What the committee came up with is simply alarming”.
The commissioner said that he is constrained to make public the findings of the committee before the state executive council takes action and advised those involved to resigned honourably before they are disgraced out.
Ogbonna said, “There are others who were promoted illegally in their place of work and their case will be looked into and the appropriate measures will be meted 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 his 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 that 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 that after being exposed that whatever the government decides to do to them will be made public, stressing that their act is purely criminal.