Says only 35 LG Service Commission workers were sacked, with the other 1,126 compulsorily retired on legal grounds

The Oyo State government has debunked rumours that it sacked 1,161 workers of the state Local Government Service Commission.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, the chairman of the commission, Lasisi Ayankojo, said that only 35 workers were sacked for gross misconduct and falsification of records.

According to him, the remaining 1,126 were compulsorily retired based on age, incompetence, stagnation, ill-health and non-presentation of birth certificate or primary school certificates.

Ayankojo hinted that the downsizing is a continuous programme, explaining that the first batch of the retirement was conducted within the senior cadre from salary grade level 07 to 16.

The chairman noted that a similar exercise would also be conducted for officers from salary grade level 01 to 06 in the commission.

He appealed to the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) to seek clarification before taking sensitive issues to public domain.

“The government is not interested in witch hunting any of its workers with genuine documents,” he said.

Ayankojo also said that a committee had been set up to look into all issues relating to the sack, adding that the committee would redress all improper acts relating to the disengagement.

“Members of the committee that would deliberate on the verification exercise will include all local government chairmen, heads of local government administration and NULGE,” he said.

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