23,000 Ghost Workers Uncovered In Federal Civil Service

Ghost workersThe Minister of Finance,‎ Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has confirmed that nearly 23,000 ghost workers have been uncovered by a panel probing multiple salary payments in the federal civil service.

Speaking at a budget defense session in the Senate, the Finance Minister said that those people involved in the fraud would soon be handed over to Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

She explained that the panel was able to uncover the ghost workers because of the introduction of the bank verification number (BVN).

“What the BVN exercise has showed has been real revelation. We have identified that there are people who appear on our payroll multiple times and as you know, BVN links all the accounts of one person.

“So we are seeing on some payrolls, 20 people (with) same BVN (20 names one BVN).

“We have now started a process. In fact this morning, we had a meeting on how we are going to now clean them off and we are having a meeting on Monday with the unions to agree the format.

“The process will be that we will suspend that person from the payroll pending the investigation (and) we will try as far as possible to complete the investigation in 30 days so that we don’t catch out innocent people.

“We really need to clean our payroll off (because) as we speak now, we have about 23,000 that we need to investigate.

“Banks have colluded with people to pack our payroll and not only are we going to stop those payments but we are actually going to go and recover our money.

The BVN was in response to the failure of the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS) to effectively deal with the issue of ghost workers in the federal civil service.

The Minister  disclosed that the ministry has barred government agencies from spending money for service wide votes. Members of the Senate committee had earlier expressed reservations about the management of the service wide votes.

She also hailed the introduction of the Treasury Single Account (TSA), saying it exposed revenue generating agencies who declared revenue far less than what they were generating.

Buhari Swears In Permanent Secretaries

BuhariPresident Buhari has again said that his administration will not condone excesses, indifference, incompetence and corrupt practices in any form.

The President was addressing 16 of the 18 new Permanent Secretaries newly appointed in the Federal Civil Service immediately after their swearing in at the council chambers.

He said that the civil service is a reservoir of experience, expertise and loyalty and a dependable ally in his quest to change the country for the better.

The President observed that the success of the civil service would largely depend on the Permanent Secretaries, as they are not only the chief advisers to the ministers, but also responsible for safe-guarding public funds and ensuring the propriety of expenditures under their control.

He said that they are also expected to ensure the full implementation of government programmes and policies aimed at reinvigorating the national economy.

President Buhari noted that they have been chosen at a time the country’s revenue base is low, and called for emergency action.

He said that their selection followed a more rigorous process, a departure from the past when they would have undergone written and oral examination, charging them to defend this position of trust.

The President stated that he considered the civil service as a dependable ally in the era of change and promised to give them all the necessary support to do their work.

Two of the newly appointed were said to be outside the country and would be sworn in later.

 

Buhari Approves Appointment Of 18 New Permanent Secretaries

Muhammadu-Buhari-Nigeria-President-2President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 18 new Permanent Secretaries in Nigeria’s Federal Civil Service, replacing earlier sacked ones.

The President also approved the deployment of the Permanent Secretaries, collapsed some Ministries and announced the establishment of new ones.

The new ministries are; Information and Culture, Budget and National Planning, Agriculture and Rural Development.

Although no reason was given for the decision, the spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, said that the appointments and deployments were with immediate effect.

New Appointments

The newly appointed Permanent Secretaries are Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba, Mr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, Mr Taiwo Abidogun, Dr. Bukar Hassan, Mrs Wakama Belema Asifieka, Mr Jalal Ahmad Arabi, Mr Sabiu Zakari, Mrs Obiageli Phyllis Nwokedi and Mr Aminu Nabegu.

Others are Mr Bamgbose Olukunle Oladele, Mr Alo Williams Nwankwo, Dr. Shehu Ahmed, Mr Ogbonnaya Innocent Kalu, Mrs Nuratu Jimoh Batagarawa, Mr Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa, Mr Bassey Apkanyung, Mr Louis Edozien and Dr. Ugo Roy.

A statement by Mr Adesina gave a breakdown of the deployment, as approved by President Buhari.

Breakdown of Deployment

1. Dr. Shehu Ahmad     –   Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development
2. Arch Sunday Echono    –       Federal Ministry of Communications
3. Alh. Sabiu Zakari   –   Federal Ministry of Transportation
4. Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba   –   Federal Ministry of Information & Culture
5. Amb. Danjuma Sheni     –   Federal Ministry of Defence
6. Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan     –   Federal Ministry of Education
7. Mrs. Fatima Mede    –     Budget & National Planning
8. Alh. Mahmoud Isa Dutse    –   Federal Ministry of Finance
9. Amb. Bulus Lolo   –   Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs
10. Dr. Amina Shamaki – Federal Ministry of Health
11. Mr. Aliyu Bisalla    –  Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment
12. Mr. Bassey Akpanyung   –   Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs
13. Mr. Taiwo Abidogun   –   Federal Ministry of Justice
14. Dr. Habiba Lawal  –   Federal Ministry of Science & Tech.
15. Dr. Clement Illoh   –   Federal Ministry of Labour & Productivity
16. Dr. Jamila Shu’ara   –   Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources
17. Mrs. Binta Bello –   Federal Ministry of Women Affairs
18. Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye – Federal Capital Territory
19. Mrs. Rabi Jimeta   – Federal Ministry of Water Resources
20. Dr. Bukar Hassan   – Federal Ministry of Environment
21. Mrs. Wakama B. Asifieka – Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs
22. Mr. Istifanus Fuktur – Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals
23. Mr. Christian Ohaa – Federal Ministry of Youth & Sports
24. Engr. A.G. Magaji – Federal Ministry of Works & Housing
25. Mr. Louis Edozien – Federal Ministry of Power
26. Mr. Jalal Arabi – State House
27. Mr. Mohammed Bukar – General Services Office, OSGF
28. Mr. Abbas Mohammed – Ecological Fund Office, OSGF
29. Dr. Ugo Roy – Council Secretariat
30. Mr. Aminu Nabegu – Special Services Office, OSGF
31. Amb. Bamgbose Akindele – Political Affairs Office, OSGF
32. Mr. Alo Williams Nwankwo – Economic Affairs Office, OSGF
33. Mrs. Obiageli Nwokedi – Special Duties Office, OSGF
34. Mr. Innocent Ogbonnaya -Career Management Office, OHCSF
35. Mr. S.K.Y. Adelakun – Common Services Office, OHCSF
36. Mrs. N. Batagarawa – Service Policy & Strategies Office, OHCSF

President Buhari had earlier ordered the mass retirement of 17 Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service.

No reason was given for their retirement.

Buhari Sacks 17 Permanent Secretaries

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari seems to be driving his reforms very fast as reports have emerged that he has ordered the mass retirement of 17 Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service.

Although no reason has been given for the decision, a very close associate of the President told Channels Television on Tuesday afternoon that the retirement takes immediate effect.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was fired and replaced by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Magu.

Over the last months, the Permanent Secretaries had been holding several meetings with the President, an indication that they were giving the President their last briefs.

Analysts see this move as part of the President’s plans to shrink the ministries to cut overhead costs for his government.

Court To Hear Maina’s Dismissal Suit On June 12

The President, National Industrial Court, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, has fixed June 12 for ruling on whether Abdulrasheed Maina’s case was properly instituted or not.

The sacked Chairman of the Pension Taskforce Team, Abdulrasheed Maina

At the last  adjourned date the court ordered all counsel in the case to address the court on whether a case of dismissal could commence through originating summons or not.

When the matter came up for adoption, Mr Maina’s counsel, Mahmud Magaji (SAN) argued that the originating summon was the appropriate mode to commence a case of dismissal, since it bothers on the interpretation of statutes that govern the claimant’s employment.

While reacting to the claimant’s submission, counsel to the federal government, Mr.  Polycap Hamman argued that originating summon was not the appropriate mode of commencing a case of dismissal.

Hamman argued that the issues raised in matter were so contentious that originating summon could not be the appropriate mode to address them.

He also contended that order 3 rule 5(A) of the court, 2012 as amended, made it expressly clear on the mode by which a case of dismissal could be commenced.

He however urged the court to strike out the case and order the claimant to file the matter through writ of summon.

Maina had sued the Head of Service of the Federation and six others for alleged unlawful dismissal as a Deputy Director in the civil service.

The dismissed officer, who instituted the suit through his counsel via originating summon, is praying the court to quash the purported dismissal from service.

He also prayed the court to order the defendants to reinstate him as chairman, Customs, Immigration and Prison Pension Office (CIPPO) and Deputy Director (ADMIN), Federal Civil Service.

The claimant is also seeking an order of the court to direct the defendants to pay him N2.5 billion in damages.

Maina was the chairman, CIPPO and pension reform task team before his dismissal.