A committee set up by Plateau’s Governor Caleb Mutfwang declared in Jos on Tuesday that fake employment letters were issued in the state’s civil service before the new administration.
The 15-member committee was constituted on July 26 to review the previous administration’s last recruitment exercise.
“Some fake employment letters were issued to some employees,” the chairman of the committee, Ishaya Agaldo, said as he presented its report to the governor.
He said the state’s Civil Service Commission detected some anomalies and discovered that some reporting and acceptance dates preceded the employment dates.
Mr Agaldo explained that the committee also uncovered irregularities involving recruiting people into positions without requisite qualifications.
“Some third-class degree holders were employed to teach in tertiary institutions,’’ he said.
He stressed that the Civil Service Commission was not involved in the exercise. Also, due process was not followed in most Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), where some exceeded their employment limits.
“Some employees were paid even without variation order. There were so many irregularities in documentation due to the hurried nature of the employment exercise.
“There was an uneven spread across the 17 Local Government Areas,” Mr Agaldo said.
He added that the committee discovered that employment of ad hoc staff was grossly abused and slots shared to certain groups and individuals.
The committee recommended a review of the exercise to ensure compliance with due process with the exemption of MDAs that complied with civil service regulations.
It also recommended that employment in the state’s service should be conducted regularly, adopting equity and fairness and adhering to stipulated guidelines.
The committee also recommended reforms in the civil service to reposition it in its performance and the digitalisation of information systems in MDAs to ensure access to information and smooth operations.
Responding, Mr Mutfwang thanked the committee for its dedication and quality of job despite receiving threats from individuals and interest groups in the matter.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Samuel Jatau, the governor said affected MDAs would be reviewed, and a White Paper drafting committee would be inaugurated in line with the 15-member committee’s findings.
“I assure you that within this week, we are going to inaugurate a White Paper drafting committee that we would hand over the report to, and it will do justice to it,” he said.
He decried irregularities uncovered and said the administration was determined to reposition Plateau into a comity of the top 10 states in the country.
Mr Mutfwang suspended last-minute appointments into the state’s civil service by the immediate past administration because of identified irregularities.