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President Tinubu Says Civil Servant Collecting Salaries After Relocating Abroad Must Refund Money

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President Bola Tinubu has directed that all civil service employees who draw salaries from the government after relocating abroad should be made to refund the money.

President Tinubu gave the directive at the award night organised by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to commemorate the 2024 Civil Service Week in Abuja.

Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, the President also directed that the supervisors and department heads of the culprits must also be punished for aiding and abetting the fraud under their watch.

He noted that the Nigerian Civil Service cannot just be a workplace where anything is possible and where workers violate rules without the fear of punishment or repercussion.

He however expressed satisfaction that measures have been put in place to address the issue, maintaining that government must ensure those responsible are held accountable and restitution is made.

The President acknowledged the challenges the civil service faces and assured that his administration is fully committed to ensuring the welfare and development of all civil servants to deliver optimal performance for the growth of the nation.

“During my recent visit to South Africa, I kept abreast of the week’s activities and was particularly struck by the revelations shared by the Head of the Civil Service regarding employees who had relocated abroad while drawing salaries without formally resigning.

“Over the past year, I have provided all the necessary support to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to ensure the continued stability of the civil service and to implement far-reaching policies and reforms capable of improving efficiency and service delivery.

“Also, within the last year, our administration approved the implementation of the civil service reforms in the Federal Capital Territory administration. With this development, the FCT administration now has its civil service commission, Head of Service and six permanent secretaries. Now, the workers can aspire to reach the pinnacle of their careers before retiring.

“It is heartwarming to note that the Federal Civil Service is driving a strategic plan that is aligned with the priorities of our Renewed Hope Agenda.

“The Plan, I am aware, prioritises Capacity Building and Talent Management through which well-structured training such as the LEAD-P and SMAT-P are conducted. This is in addition to structures put in place to promote a culture of innovation in the Service.

“1 am aware that due process must be followed in conducting government business but that should not give room for any form of red- tapes or insistence on unnecessary bureaucracies.

“We have pledged to work for the Nigerian people, and it is critical that all civil servants, and indeed all public servants, recognize the key role they must play in the achievement of our national potential”, President Tinubu said.

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