In a shocking revelation, the Nigerian government has exposed a staggering number of 1,618 civil servants who were found to possess fake employment letters. The startling disclosure was made by the Head of Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, during a media parley held in anticipation of the upcoming 2023 civil service week.
The discovery came to light following the implementation of stringent control mechanisms, aimed at addressing loopholes detected in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS). As part of this initiative, a thorough assessment was conducted, resulting in the identification of these deceitful officers.
As part of ongoing efforts to ensure transparency and accountability, a total of 69,854 officers have been diligently captured in the core Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) across all six geopolitical zones of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory.
The investigation has also led to the suspension of several officers from the IPPIS platform due to their failure to upload accurate records, ensuring that only those with genuine and verified credentials remain part of the system.
In light of these developments, the Head of Service revealed that the government is actively working towards an upward revision of the Duty Tour Allowances (DTA) for civil servants. As part of this endeavor, the Presidential Committee on Salary Harmonization is striving to review salaries, aiming to bridge any existing disparity.
In a positive move for civil servants, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has already approved a 40% increase in the Peculiar allowance, effective from January 2023. This decision marks a significant step in uplifting the welfare of dedicated public servants.
With the government’s unwavering commitment to fostering an efficient and accountable civil service, these measures are expected to pave the way for a more transparent and robust workforce, ready to serve the nation with integrity and diligence. As the nation awaits further developments, it is hoped that these initiatives will foster a climate of trust and confidence in the civil service sector.