Not less than 35 people employed in the Lagos State public service have been dismissed from their job for certificate forgery, while six others were sacked for absenting themselves from work without any reason. Some of the affected officers were also said to have been found guilty of diverting government money for personal purpose thereby defrauding the public service.
The names of the 48 workers sacked were published in the in-house journal of the state government, Alausa Alert. Those fired are on grade level 07 to 12. Most of them are senior traffic officers, traffic superintendents, higher traffic superintendent, traffic officers II, higher statistics officer, senior accountant, senior executive officer, among others. We gathered that affected staff have been issued sacked letters before their names were published in the newspaper by the Office of the Head of Service. Most of the affected workers were discovered to have gained employment into the civil service with forged certificates during certificate verification exercise carried out by the government.
The affected workers were made to face the Personnel Management Board, PMB, the disciplinary body of the state government, which recommended their sack. The Civil Service Commission then issued sacked letters to the affected workers based on the recommendation of the PMB before forwarding their names to the head of service. Late last year, the state government had dismissed 174 officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA for involvement in corruption, overzealousness and others. The sack was said to be a move to weed out bad eggs and reposition the authority for better service delivery and traffic management.
Head of Service, Adesegun Ogunlewe had warned that the government would not tolerate acts of indiscipline and corruption among civil servants as government was bent on repositioning the civil service to meet up with the standard befitting of a mega city like Lagos.