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President Tinubu demands refund from civil servants who fraudulently received salaries

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In a firm address at the 2024 Civil Service Award and Gala Night, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu underscored his administration’s commitment to accountability within the Nigerian Civil Service.

Secretary of the Government of the Federation, George Akume, delivered the speech on behalf of President Tinubu, emphasizing the importance of integrity and responsibility in public service.

During his recent visit to South Africa, President Tinubu remained engaged with the activities of the Civil Service Week. He was particularly concerned about revelations from the Head of the Civil Service regarding employees who had relocated abroad while still drawing salaries without formally resigning.

“It is heartening to hear that measures have been taken to address this issue, but we must ensure those responsible are held accountable and restitution is made,” President Tinubu stated.

He insisted that the culprits must refund the money they fraudulently collected and that their supervisors and department heads should also face consequences for their role in the misconduct.

President Tinubu stressed that the Nigerian Civil Service cannot be a place where “anything is possible,” highlighting the importance of adherence to rules and the need for consequences for those who violate them.

“The Civil Service is the bedrock, the engine, the locomotive of government, which is necessary for the government to deliver public goods to citizens. As politicians, we are no more than drivers of the locomotives that you provide,” he remarked.

Acknowledging the pivotal role of the Civil Service, President Tinubu noted that successive governments have relied on the Civil Service to translate National Development Plans into impactful programs and projects across various sectors.

He reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to cultivating, empowering, and professionalizing the human capital within the Civil Service.

“Our administration acknowledges the challenges the civil service faces. I want to give you the assurance that we are committed to ensuring the welfare and development of all civil servants to deliver optimal performance for the growth of our nation,” he said.

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Over the past year, President Tinubu has provided support to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to ensure stability and implement reforms aimed at improving efficiency and service delivery.

In a notable development, the administration approved the implementation of civil service reforms in the Federal Capital Territory administration, establishing a civil service commission, Head of Service, and six permanent secretaries in the FCT. This initiative allows workers to aspire to the highest levels of their careers.

President Tinubu expressed hope that the Civil Service Week provided an opportunity not only to celebrate achievements but also to reflect on areas for improvement.

He praised the strategic plan aligned with the Renewed Hope Agenda, which prioritizes capacity building and talent management through structured training programs such as LEAD-P and SMAT-P.

He also commended Folasade Yemi-Esan, for her dedication to steering reforms toward creating a world-class service that upholds meritocracy and excellence.

Addressing Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, and Chief Executives, President Tinubu urged swift implementation of these reforms within their respective ministries, emphasizing the need for urgency without compromising due process.

He acknowledged the necessity of following due process in government business but warned against unnecessary bureaucracies that hinder progress.

In conclusion, President Tinubu celebrated the contributions of the Civil Service to nation-building, honoring officers who embody integrity, efficiency, and dedication.

He reminded awardees of their responsibilities, stating, “To whom much is given, much is also expected.” He urged continued dedication as the nation strives for excellence in service.

“God bless the Nigerian Civil Service, and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” President Tinubu concluded.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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