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FG uncovers 1,500 civil servants with fake appointment letters

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FG uncovers 1,500 civil servants with fake appointment letters

The Federal Government of Nigeria has uncovered 1,500 workers who joined the Federal Civil Service with fake appointment letters.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, who disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday, vowed to delist them from the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

Yemi-Esan was speaking at the ‘National Policy Dialogue on Entrenching Transparency in Public Office Recruitment in Nigeria.

The event was organised by the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), a research and training arm of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

She added that over 1,000 persons were said to have been discovered in one ministry while 500 others found in other ministries, departments and agencies during a service-wide verification exercise.

The head of service said the Federal Government would spare no effort to remove their names from the IPPIS to serve as deterrent to others.

Yemi-Esan stated that with the institutionalisation of the IPPIS the Federal Government had been able to track fake employments.

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She said this has reduced the risk of employing less efficient, unqualified and undependable personnel to handle the affairs of government.

In her words, “For instance, in the past year, in one ministry alone, over 1,000 individuals bearing fake letters of appointment were detected.

“It is disheartening to point out that the office recently received a report from the Federal Civil Service Commission forwarding the names of over 500 persons in various MDAs in possession of fake letters of appointment.

“Similarly, following the outcome of the Service-Wide Verification Exercise for officers recruited from 2013 – 2020, the Federal Civil Service Commission has also requested the suspension of the salaries of over 3,000 officers across the MDAs.

“These officers failed to appear for the exercise pending further clearance.”

According to her, the government’s effort to stop financial leakages in the civil service has created a gap leading to a series of implementation issues.

She added that as of March, over 380,000 officers had been captured on the IPPIS payroll comprising 66,000 and 320,000 for core and non-core MDAs, respectively.

She, however, explained that the Federal Government through various means would continue to explore possible ways to bridge the unemployment gap in the country.

FG uncovers 1,500 civil servants with fake appointment letters

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