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Probe Civil Servants Drawing Nigeria Salary While Living Abroad – Tinubu

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At the grand finale of the 2024 Civil Service Week Award and Gala Night, held on Saturday, June 22, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu expressed deep concern over revelations of salary fraud within the civil service.

The event, which celebrated excellence and innovation among civil servants, took a serious turn as Tinubu addressed recent misconduct that has tarnished the sector’s integrity.

The President’s remarks were prompted by disclosures made earlier in the evening by the Head of Civil Service, Folashade Yemi-Esan, regarding employees who continued to draw salaries unlawfully after relocating abroad without formally resigning from their positions.

“We must ensure those responsible are held accountable and restitution is made. The culprits must refund the money they fraudulently collected, and their supervisors and department heads must also face consequences for their complicity,” President Tinubu asserted.

Tinubu highlighted the critical importance of a disciplined civil service, stating unequivocally that such breaches undermine the effectiveness and credibility of Nigeria’s governmental institutions.

He reiterated his administration’s commitment to upholding meritocracy and fostering a culture of excellence within the civil service.

In her address earlier in the evening, Yemi-Esan, highlighted significant strides made in implementing a Reward and Recognition System designed to boost morale and productivity among civil servants.

She commended President Tinubu for his unwavering support in improving civil service welfare, citing recent measures such as wage increases and housing initiatives.

Yemi-Esan emphasised the need to attract top talent to the civil service, urging that it should not be seen merely as a fallback for job seekers but as a beacon for skilled individuals capable of driving national plans and solving socio-economic challenges.

“The federal government has progressively intervened to enhance the welfare of civil servants. I wish to profoundly appreciate His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, for his commitment to this cause, including the provisional N35,000 wage increase for all treasury-paid Federal Government workers over six months and ongoing efforts to review the minimum wage,” Yemi-Esan stated.

Acknowledging the collaborative efforts that have supported these reforms, she highlighted partnerships with stakeholders from both the public and private sectors as instrumental in advancing the civil service agenda.

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