HoS: 6,000 fake workers uncovered in Labour, Information ministries, as Buhari says dwindling govt fortunes pushed us to civil service reforms

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By Abdullahi Mohammed, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday that federal government’s dwindling fortunes increased his interest in the reforms of the nation’s civil service.The President said this at the inauguration of Cultural Change Video and Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP) 25 Documents and Award Ceremony in Abuja.

The event was organised by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF) as part of activities marking the 2022 Civil Service Week with the theme, Performance Management System (PMS): Impact on Productivity.“I have had a rare privilege of working with the Nigerian Civil Service, at the closest and innermost quarters for the large part of my sojourn in Public Service and has witnessed a formidable and strong public service, which we began to see gradually, loose its relevance in the country,” he said.

The President, who was represented by the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT),  Mr Mohammed Musa Bello, said the gradual decline propelled him to provide all the necessary support to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation in undertaking innovative and far-reaching reforms that is gradually showing signs of bearing the desired fruits.He said the federal government would be delighted to have a civil service desirous of improving its ability to drive national development through the recommendation of appropriate policies that would enhance the implementation of government programmes.He commended the present crop of civil servants who have fared well in driving the implementation of government programmes as the engine room of government activities.“In spite of the difficult economic situation the country is passing through at the moment, you have continued to support the government in our efforts to bring dividends of democracy to the populace,” he said.

He assured that his administration would spare no effort aimed at improving the competencies of officers in the service through training and re-training of staff by the system.The President said he has set up a presidential committee on salaries to harmonise salaries service-wide as part of measures at improving the value proposition of the civil service.“Accordingly, it is my hope that the outcome of the committee’s work will provide the impetus for an upward review of the salaries of deserving civil servants, having recently increased the Duty Tour Allowance (DTA) of all civil servants as a starting point.“As this process is still going on, I want to encourage you to be patient with us as you continue to give your best services to enable us sustain the good working relationship between the political office holders and the civil servants.

“With the sustained understanding and cooperation, we will together contribute our quota to the development of our country, and our efforts will not be in vain,” he said.Also speaking, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan said 6,000 workers without employment letters have been discovered at the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.She said the Director of Human Resources at the Ministry of Labour and Employment was handed over to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) after 1,000 fake workers were discovered at the ministry.She said the exercise has brought down the payroll to 74,000 workers from over 100,000 workers that were earning salaries illegally.She said many of the fake workers were detected from the payroll through the human components of the IPPIS, which was started few years ago and designed to verify credentials such as a person’s letters of ap

pointment, academic certificates, age declaration at entry and birth certificate.“You will be surprised at the number that did not have certificates and have been earning salaries for 10 – 20 years,” she said.She said two months ago, the Federal Civil Service Commission, while verifying letters of employment from 2010 to date, sent her 3,000 names of fake workers to be suspended from IPPIS for possessing bogus employment letters.Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary (General Services Office), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Maurice Mbaeri, said five fake workers were laid off at the OSGF on Tuesday after a screening exercise indicated that they were neither validly employed through the Civil Service Commission nor could their files be found at the commission after further investigation.