Anambra state government sacks six directors over fake certificates, uncovers 210 ghost workers

The Anambra State Government has sacked six Deputy Directors with the Local Government Service Commission for possessing fake certificates, and in the same vein uncovered 210 suspected ghost workers in the system.

Penpushing reports that the Chairman of the Commission, Vincent Ezeaka, made the disclosure explaining that the affected Deputy Directors claimed to have graduated from Imo State University, adding that the commission’s investigators were expecting more responses from other universities across Nigeria.

The Chairman stated that the Anambra State Local Government Service Commission action was part of the commission’s quest to enthrone professionalism and eradicate all forms of corruption in the council system.

“The action is part of the commission’s quest to enthrone professionalism and eradicate all forms of corruption in the council system. As for the ghost workers, who cut across the 21 local government areas of the state, we have removed them from the workers’ payroll’, he said.

Penpushing further reports that Ezeaka said the discoveries were made possible through a dedicated back-to-back personnel audit and deployment of staff biometrics identification and verification using a state-of-the-art clock-in-clock-out digital attendance register.

The commission boss added that the discovery brought to the fore the numerical strength of the physical staff in the Unified Local Government System of Anambra State, adding that certificate screening had become a continuous exercise.

Penpushing also reports that Ezeaka explained that having completed the screening of civil servants from Grade Levels 15 and 16, the certificate screening of other workers from Grade Level 14 and below shall commence in earnest.

The chairman stated that the exercise was aimed at flushing out fraudsters and all forms of certificate racketeering in the local government system, emphasizing that there had been unrestrained looting and mismanagement of local government funds.

Penpushing reports that he added that the situation had become a thing of the past since all local government accounts had been linked to a dedicated tracking system and continuously monitored by security agencies for the recovery of looted funds and prosecution of culpable officers.

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