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FG identifies 1,617 civil servants with fake employment letters

THE Federation’s Head of Civil Service, Folashade Yemi-Esan, announced yesterday that the government had discovered 1,618 civil servants with fake appointment letters.

She also stated that the government was planning to increase civil servants’ Duty Tour Allowances.

In an interview with selected journalists in Abuja ahead of the 2023 Civil Servants Week, she revealed that a team was working on civil service salary harmonization.

“The Presidential Committee on Salary Harmonization is working to review salaries to reduce the disparity. Earlier, 40 per cent of Basic salary approved by FEC as Peculiar allowance with effect from January 2023. Also, we are working towards Upward Review of Staff Duty Tour Allowance.

“On the issue of procurement of insurance cover for the federal government employees from 9th February 2023 to 8th February 2024; and payment of backlog of death benefits to over 1500 deceased officers to their beneficiaries from 2021 to date. On the third pillar of FCSSIP 25, the Office of the Head of Service has been working towards the implementation of HR Module of IPPIS with a view to bridging the identified gaps in the system. As you are aware, prior to the introduction of the current mechanisms put in place to drive the implementation of the IPPIS, the system was bedevilled with considerable leakages and wastes as well as the incessant infiltration of ‘ghost workers’ etc.

“Consequent upon the identified loopholes in the IPPIS, the Office introduced control mechanisms. Notable among others was the inauguration of a Committee on Enrolment of Newly Recruited Civil Servants on the 1st of March, 2021. Hence, this and other initiatives in accelerating the roll-out of the HR Module of the IPPIS has brought about the following: Detection of 1,618 fake/illegal employment letters; Continuous suspension of Officers from IPPIS platform for not uploading their records; Verification of 69,854 officers across the core MDAs in FCT and the six (6) geo-political zones.”

Meanwhile, the Accountant General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin Madein, stated yesterday that civil servants’ wages for July 2023 will not be delayed. This clarification was given during her meeting with the HOS Abuja.

Recall that there were reports of salary delays in May and June 2023.

Madein stated that the May and June 2023 salary delays were caused by constraints outside the Office of the Accountant General’s authority. She did, however, mention that procedures have been put in place to ensure that salaries are paid on time.

She said, “For May and June, we encountered some difficulties beyond our control but I can assure you that everything has been put in place to ensure that July 2023 salaries are not delayed and will be paid any moment from now.”

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