The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, announced on Tuesday that a thorough investigation conducted by the government revealed a shocking total of 1,618 civil servants who were found to be in possession of fake employment letters.
In a meeting with select journalists in Abuja, in preparation for the upcoming 2023 Civil Servants Week, Yemi-Esan also highlighted the government’s commitment to reviewing the Duty Tour Allowances for civil servants. She mentioned that a committee has been established to work on the harmonization of salaries within the civil service.
“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.”
On another note, the Accountant General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin Madein, reassured civil servants that there would be no delay in the payment of July 2023 salaries. She addressed concerns raised due to previous delays in the disbursement of May and June 2023 salaries. Madein attributed the past delays to unforeseen challenges beyond the control of the Office of the Accountant General.
However, she assured that appropriate measures have been put in place to ensure timely salary payments going forward.