Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State is not smiling.

He called for the screening of civil servants in the state and found out that some people forged certificates to get jobs.

Now he is threatening to recover all the salaries paid to these civil servants.

He said this while receiving the final report of the staff screening. He said the State will do everything within its power to retrieve salaries and allowances collected over the years by workers with fake certificates.

He also said those caught will be prosecuted and jailed.

The governor, however, said that workers found guilty of changing their birth dates would be forgiven.

Bello, who commended the committee that carried out the exercise, said issues relating to the 14-month verification exercise had finally been laid to rest with the submission of the report.

The governor promised to implement the committee's recommendations and described the exercise as one of the “surgical operations” being carried out his administration.

The Chairman of the staff screening and verification appeal committee, John Ayuba said the committee initially expected to attend to 32,753 workers, but ended up receiving 39,144.