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Civil servants receiving salaries in Nigeria after relocating abroad must be sanctioned – Tinubu

PRESIDENT Bola Tinubu has ordered that any civil servant receiving salary from the federal government after relocating abroad should be made to refund the money. 

The President gave the order at the Civil Service Award Night held on Saturday, June 22.

The event was organised by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF) to commemorate the 2024 civil service week and honour outstanding civil servants in core ministries.

Expressing dismay over the attitude of ghost workers, the President, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, also ordered that supervisors and heads of departments of ghost workers involved must be sanctioned for aiding the fraudulent act.

“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 vowed.

Acknowledging the challenges faced by the civil service, Tinubu reaffirmed his commitment to addressing these issues in order to make the civil service achieve utmost performance.

“Our administration acknowledges the challenges the civil service is facing. I want to assure you that we are committed to ensuring the welfare and development of all civil servants to deliver optimal performance for the growth of our nation,” he said.


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    He stated that over the past year, he had provided all the necessary support to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to ensure the continued stability of the civil service, and that he had also supported the office in implementing far-reaching policies and reforms to improve efficiency and service delivery.

    Among other activities to celebrate the night was the prize presentation to the top best officers and additional N500,000 cash prizes to 40 workers by the HOCSF, Folasade Yemi-Esan.

    “The star prize is a brand new 2023 JAC JS4 Luxury Model SUV,. The second is a two-bedroom semi-detached bungalow, and the third top prize is a serviced plot of land measuring 400 sqm.

    “I am also pleased to announce that the Nigeria Customs Service has graciously committed to donating six Toyota Camry Cars in support of the 2024 Civil Service Week. The office has started receiving the vehicles, and these will be presented as prizes to the next set of runner-up best-performing officers,” she said.

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