By Sam Egwu, Lokoja –
The Kogi State government has expressed its determination to midwife the ongoing reforms in its civil service to a logical conclusion, saying not even blackmail will stop the sanitisation process.
Addressing journalists in Lokoja yesterday, the director general on media and publicity to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, said the state government will not afford to continue funding fraud in the service.
He said, “After the Staff Verification Exercise, government decided to test the veracity of the certificates presented by the civil servants. The brain behind the certificate verification exercise was to ascertain if the civil servants are actually qualified for the jobs they do or claim to do.
“In the course of the Staff Verification Exercise, mind boggling revelations were made. Some head teachers in primary schools couldn’t communicate in English. These are the people teaching our pupils.
“The Civil Service Reforms is not all about blocking waste, but ensuring efficiency in the service. There are excellent hands in the Kogi State Civil Service but the odd ones may need to be brought to the level of efficiency and effectiveness.
Fanwo noted that recent discoveries of forged certificates in the service have vindicated government.
He continued: “We have wasted over N5 billion paying people who forged certificates to defraud the state and deprive the Kogi people of potable water, good roads, good hospitals and good schools.
“What we have used to pay workers with fake certificates was enough to provide water in every Ward in Kogi State”.
The DG further hinted that government is making efforts to offset salary arrears of some categories of workers who are being owed a few months salaries.