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Niger: Over 3000 civil servants using fake certificates— Official

A COMMITTEE set up by the Niger State government to look into the bloated salary bills of the state said it has unearthed over 3000 workers that got into the civil service by tendering fake certificates.

Chairman of the committee, who doubles as the commissioner of works, Ibrahim Panti, disclosed this to journalists on Monday at the Government House in Minna, the state capital.

Panti said that the ongoing screening exercise has blown wide open some suspected ‘fraudulent’ acts in the state’s civil service.

He also disclosed that 340 other civil servants, either dead or retired, are suspected to be receiving salaries.

Panti said the committee reached this conclusion based on what happened when the head-of-service of the state forwarded the names of 26,387 civil servants to the committee, but only 25,861 of them registered on the screening portal.

Panti further said 1,789 civil servants did not complete the screening process due to credential problems among others, while 773 civil servants among those who registered absented themselves from the screening exercise.

According to him, the committee is still looking into the issues of some of the civil servants who may have a genuine reason for being absent.

“The committee wishes to categorically report that the exercise provided very salient information which has led to the generation of data as follows:

  1. Unique staff records comprising identity, personal, employment, and emolument data for each screened staff;
  2. Matched and unique fingerprints images of every screened staff;
  3. Staff passport size-picture of every screened staff;
  4. Electronic comply of employees’ credentials and emolument documents for every screened staff;
  5. Data on staff with valid and invalid educational and professional certifications;
  6. Data on terminated staff compromising the deceased and retirees;
  7. Data about staff impersonation;
  8. Authenticated and downsized payroll data from 26,387 submitted by the head of service to about 21,000 screened;
  9. A total number of 169 screened staff were discovered missing from the September, 2020 payment schedule submitted by the office of the head of service;
    Comprehensive ready data for possible human management development for government stakeholders’ use.
    These data would henceforth serve as the fulcrum for easy identification of each employee going forward and is hereby presented for the restructuring of the state civil service,” Panti said.
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