The federal government has identified 1,500 personnel who entered the federal civil service using forged appointment papers in the last year.
During a service-wide verification exercise, 500 more perpetrators were located in other ministries, departments, and agencies, in addition to the over 1,000 detected in one ministry. The Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System will now be delisted.
This was revealed by Dr Folasade Yemi Esan, the Federation’s Head of Civil Service, in her keynote address at the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s ‘National Policy Dialogue on Entrenching Transparency in Public Office Recruitment in Nigeria,’ held in Abuja on Tuesday, April 5.
“It would be recalled that in March last year, the office informed of the detection of fake letters of employment presented in some ministries. For instance, in the past year, in one ministry alone, over 1,000 individuals bearing fake letters of appointment were detected. “In the light of the aforementioned, it is disheartening to point out that the office recently received a report from the Federal Civil Service Commission forwarding the names of over 500 persons in various MDAs in possession of fake letters of appointment and which are to be delisted from the IPPIS platform. “Similarly, following the outcome of the Service-Wide Verification Exercise for officers recruited from 2013 – 2020, the Federal Civil Service Commission has also requested the suspension of the salaries of over 3,000 officers across the MDAs who failed to appear for the exercise pending further clearance.”
She further reported that as of March 2022, the IPPIS payroll had over 380,000 officers, with 66,000 and 320,000 officers for core and non-core MDAs, respectively.
Esan also said that her office is conducting a mop-up operation in the core and non-core MDAs, which would be completed in September.
When comparing the Federal civil service to the Indian civil service, the HoS noted that the Indian public sector hires only qualified employees, but the Nigerian system is founded on federal character principles and nepotism.