Governor Udom Emmanuel has said that several job seekers in Akwa Ibom waiting for their “employment” to be finalised by the state government were holding fake civil service employment letters issued to them by fraudsters.
Mr. Emmanuel, who spoke during a television interview in Uyo in November, 2015, said the state government had information about fraudsters who forged signatures of the officials of the state Civil Service Commission, and were giving out fake civil service employment letters to job seekers.
Mr. Emmanuel said one fraudster succeeded in deceiving the people because his surname, Udosen, was similar to that of a former head of civil service in the state, and for that reason his victims thought he was a relation to the top government official.
The fraudster was apprehended, the governor said.
“Believe me we have a whole lot of fake offer letters in the market,” Governor Emmanuel said.
“I am sure most of those who are making this noise (that government hasn’t paid salaries to new recruits) are those carrying fake offer letters.”
The governor said he was aware that the job seekers paid money to get the fake employment letters, but that there was nothing the government could do about their case.
“If you have fallen victim of those fake offer letters, it is a pity there is nothing the governor can do in this regard,” he said. “We will ignore it.”
The governor appealed for patience from those genuinely hired by the state, but yet to be absorbed into the state civil service.
He said, “We need to reconcile what the immediate past governor approved and the numbers that we have.
“I actually set up a committee to look into it, and we can implement it in phases: those that will be cleared, we will payroll them.”
The state civil service is the major employer of labour in Akwa Ibom state.
The immediate past administration in the state, under Godswill Akpabio, started the process of recruiting new employees into the state civil service.
But the exercise was discontinued and the issuance of employment letters suspended in 2014 because it was reportedly tainted with corruption and irregularities.