The Kogi State Government has said that over 1000 civil servants had been discovered to have joined the civil service of the state with fake certificates.
The government said the institutions that the workers claimed to have issued them the certificates had disowned them, saying such certificates did not emanate from them.
The director general, media, and publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, on Thursday said the discoveries had justified its stands on reforms in the sector, assuring the people of the state that the reforms would serve their interest.
He said, “The administration of Governor Yahaya Bello has discovered the fact that the civil service needs a fundamental surgery to make it play its role of anchoring development. The conviction informed the staff verification exercise.
“We have now graduated to the stage of verifying the academic records of the staff and our discoveries so far are mind boggling.
“Over a thousand certificates have been confirmed to be fake by the various institutions which were alleged to have issued the certificates.
“These are the people stifling the system and crying wolf of non-payment of salaries. This administration will remain undeterred by the corruption fight back. What is right will be done for the greatness of our dear State”.
Fanwo said more certificates are being verified, insisting that those who forged certificates will be prosecuted before the end of the year as it is a “flagrant violation of the Public Service Rules and the Criminal Codes of the country.