The Federal Government of Nigeria has ordered the immediate suspension of 3,000 workers for allegedly presenting fake certificates for recruitment into the Federal Civil service.
Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday during a media parley as part of the activities marking the 2022 civil service week celebration.
According to Dr Folasade, the 3,000 workers were discovered in the ongoing certificate verification by the Federal Civil Service and their suspension from service was invoked immediately.
She said that this new discovery is coming after about 1,500 workers who joined the service with fake appointment letters were discovered and dismissed in April 2022. Out of the 1500 workers discovered during the service-wide verification exercise, over 1,000 were from the Ministry of Information, while the remaining were scattered in other ministries, departments and agencies.
Responding to why there is no recent employment into the civil service, she noted that the Federal Civil Service is currently over-bloated with more than 76,000 civil servants in the core service.
She stressed that there was no way the Federal Civil Service can absorb all Nigerian graduates rather that the government is working on having a nimble workforce.
She disclosed that before she took over office, over 100,000 civil servants were on the Federal Government’s payroll, but this number has reduced to 76,000 as a result of constant verification and cleaning up of the payroll system.