EFCC uncovers 37,395 ‘ghost workers’ in Federal Civil Service — Magu

EFCC uncovers 37,395 ‘ghost workers’ in Federal Civil Service — Magu
April 20 08:43 2016

[T]he Economic and Financial
 Crimes Commission (EFCC) said
on Tuesday that the Federal
Government had uncovered
37,395 ghost workers on the
Federal Civil Service payroll and
that the government lost about N1
billion to them.
The EFCC’s acting Chairman,
Ibrahim Magu, made the
disclosure during an anti-
corruption sensitisation
programme organised by the
commission for staff of works and
housing sectors.

Mr. Magu said that apart from the
widespread procurement frauds
in Ministries, Departments and
Agencies (MDAs), the issue of
ghost workers was a source of
serious concern to the
commission.
“EFCC has uncovered 37,395 ghost
workers in the Federal Civil
Service and investigation is still
going on.


“Our investigations have so far
revealed that the Federal
Government has lost close to N1
billion to these ghost workers.
The figure will definitely increase
as we unravel more ghost
workers buried deep in Federal
Civil Service payrolls.’’
Mr. Magu also explained that the
commission had established a
Procurement Fraud Unit in order
to handle the increasing number
of petitions relating to violations
of the Public Procurement Laws.

He, therefore, advised civil
servants to avoid any act that was
in breach of public procurement,
warning that violators risked
terms of imprisonment and
dismissal from service.
“In regard to procurement fraud, there has
been a sharp rise in the number of petitions
coming to the commission relating to
violations of the Public Procurement Act
(2007).
“That is what informed my setting up a
Procurement Fraud Unit which has since
commenced investigation of procurement
fraud cases, with some of those cases already
in courts.

“Let me warn that civil servants found guilty
under the Public Procurement Act risk terms
of imprisonment ranging from five to 10
years, and in addition, may face dismissal
from service.
“The commission is determined more than
ever before to rid all MDAs of all forms of
fraudulent activities.

’’
The EFCC chairman also announced that the
commission planned to place suggestion boxes
at designated places for people to drop
petitions and reports of corrupt practices, to
assist the commission in the fight against
corruption.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary
(Works and Housing), Abubakar Magaji, said
that as the drivers of government policies,
MDAs should be in the forefront of
compliance with public service laws and
regulations.

“It is rather sad that over time, the laws,
regulations and standard practice governing
the operations of the public service are being
neglected and often abused, in many cases
with impunity.
“The MDAs are expected to be in the forefront
of compliance with extant laws and
regulations, because they (MDAs), collectively,
constitute the engine room of government.
“They are responsible for implementation of
government policies and programmes.
Therefore, the success or failure of such
policies and programmes are fully on the
shoulders of public officers.

’’
Mr. Magaji announced that the Works and
Housing sectors had resolved to regularly
organise interactive sessions to re-orientate
officers on the importance of compliance with
extant laws, regulations and guidelines.
The sensitization session featured paper
presentations by staff of the EFCC on the legal
and operational activities of the commission.


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