“Sanction civil servants collecting salaries after relocating abroad” – Tinubu orders

Tinubu orders

Demands refund of money fraudulently collected

President Bola Tinubu has directed that all civil servants collecting salaries from the government after relocating abroad should be made to refund the money.

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The President also directed that the supervisors and department Heads of the culprits must also be punished for aiding and abetting the fraud under their watch.

Tinubu gave the directive on Saturday, at the award night organised by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service (HOCSF) of the Federation to commemorate the ‘2024 Civil Service Week’.

The event was also to honour some outstanding civil servants in core ministries.

Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), George Akume, the President expressed dismay over the attitude of the ghost workers.

He said, “During my recent visit to South Africa, I kept abreast of the week’s activities. I was particularly struck by the revelations the Head of the Civil Service shared regarding employees who had relocated abroad while drawing salaries without formally resigning.

“It is heartening to hear that measures have been taken to address this issue, but we must ensure those responsible are held accountable and restitution is made. The culprits must be made to refund the money they have fraudulently collected. Their supervisors and department Heads must also be punished for aiding and abetting the fraud under their watch”.

Tinubu reiterated that the Government would take appropriate measures to ensure they were punished and the money refunded to the Government treasury.

He acknowledged the challenges in the civil service sector and reiterated his commitment to address them for optimal performance.

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Making the presentation,  the HOCSF, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, announced the top three prizes won by three lucky officers at the event.

A staff of the Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Mercy Ilori, who won the star prize, appreciated Yemi-Esan, the Federal Government on behalf of other awardees for the gesture and the honour done to them.

Other activities to mark the night were the presentation of the top three prizes to the winners, and additional N500,000 cash prizes to 40 workers.

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