Gov Fayemi Sacks 5,000 Council Workers

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State governor.

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State governor

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has ordered the immediate sack of 5,000 workers from the state’s local government service.

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State governor.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the termination of appointments of the affected workers in the 16 local government areas cuts across the cadres.

Chief Aderemi Ajayi, the Chairman of the state’s local government service commission, while confirming the sack to NAN in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, said the names of the affected workers had been removed from the July 2011 salary vouchers.

Ajayi alleged that the affected workers gained employment into the service, using fake certificates and falsified birth certificates.

He explained that the list of the affected staff was compiled by a special verification committee set up by the governor to oversee the activities of the local government administration in the state.

“Those affected were those that gained employment into the local government service using fake certificates and those that ought to have retired but refused to do so by continually falsifying their age.

“The list of the sacked workers was compiled by a committee set up by the state government.

“The committee directed all the local governments in the state to display the names of the affected workers in their respective notice boards on July 15.

“Their names had been removed from the July 2011 salary vouchers. They are to complain to the committee if they even have any complaints at all.

“Although I cannot tell you the exact figure of the affected workers, I can tell you the sack cuts across all the 16 local governments in the state,” Ajayi said.

NAN observed that the names of the affected workers were on Friday pasted on the notice boards of the various local government secretariats.

However, one of the affected staff members, who gave his name as Gabriel Aturu, described the sack as “anti people and anti democratic tenets being proclaimed by the state government.

“The allegations of fake academic certificates and falsification of age are not true but an effort by the government to justify the illegal and brazen sack.

“The sack is an attempt by the officials to fill the vacant posts with their cronies, and political associates at our expense.

“It is unfortunate that the people who took to the streets jubilating over the emergence of Gov. Fayemi on October 16, 2010 are weeping nine months after as a result of unprecedented termination of workers’ appointments denying them their source of livelihood,” Aturu said.

NAN reports that the governor also on July 11 ordered the sack of 27 directors of administration and finance of the local governments over their alleged failure in a promotion examination.

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