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The Federal Government has said at least 3,657 civil servants had been dragged before the Independent and Corrupt Practices and related offences Commission (ICPC) for their failure to get verified on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, announced this when she appeared on the weekly ministerial media briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa yesterday in Abuja.

Yemi-Esan, who was accompanied by other senior officials of the Federal Civil Service, also said 61,446 civil servants in the core ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) have been verified.

The HoCSF said another 1,618 applicants were found to have used illegal or fake letters while 874 officers have been suspended from IPPIS platform.

She added that about N180 million was being saved monthly and about N2 billion annually from the implementation of the IPPIS.

Yemi-Esan assured the nation that the payment platform could accommodate the salaries of university lecturers, who have rejected it in preference for University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which is yet to pass relevant integrity tests.

Quoting figures in her electronic presentation during the briefing, Yemi-Esan stressed that “1,610 fake letters; 874 suspended on IPPIS platform; names of 3,657 workers presented to ICPC for failing to get verified; and 61,446 officers verified in core MDAs”.

Yemi-Esan, while regretting that some former permanent secretaries have been jailed for fraud, she said the country’s body of permanent secretaries has dissected what led to their downfall to avoid a repeat.

“You know the position of a permanent secretary and an accounting officer is a very precarious one. When permanent secretaries are appointed, the first thing I tell them is that your position is one that shouldn’t be celebrated. It’s one that should make you become even more cautious because even when somebody else has committed a crime, it is the permanent secretary that will be held liable for that. That is what the Procurement Act has done to permanent secretaries.

“We had a procurement retreat where that (issue) was talked about in very great details. I think it’s called vicarious liability. When even somebody else commits a crime, it is the permanent secretary that will be held responsible. That is what the Procurement Act says today.

“That is why even for the female Permanent Secretary (at the Ministry of Interior, Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia, was jailed for fraud arising from the conduct of the botched Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment in 2014). This is because we had to get the details of the judgment so that we could examine it and see where permanent secretaries should be more careful.

“And we saw that even the judge said there was no intent to defraud government by the permanent secretary, but because the Procurement Act was not followed, as it is stipulated, and as the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) also wrote that the Procurement Act was not followed in details.

called Performance Management System, in adherence to the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari.

She said the new system, which is in line with global best practices, will go a long way in rewarding the performance of public workers.

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