Lamorde, who cited the involvement of civil servants in the ongoing pension fraud investigations and prosecution by the EFCC, gave the charge on Friday April 12, while receiving the newly-appointed Head of Service of the Federation Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji, OON, who paid a courtesy call on him in Abuja. Even though this is not an excuse before the law, we should be able to ask ourselves why for example most properties in the Federal Capital Territory are found to be owned by civil servants through proxies. Earlier, the Head of Service had called on the Commission to assist in the bid to fight corruption and indiscipline in the Service.
Over the last four years, there have been several alarming and scandalous cases of corruption in Nigeria. Some perpetrators have been taken to court, some cases were never even investigated as many of the cases remain unsolved.
Nigerian Eye - This is a list of the Top 12 corruption cases of the last four years. Federal Civil Service recruitment 1. N Billion Maina Pension Scam It is believed that Alhaji Maina misappropriated billions of naira worth of pension funds, which he claimed to have recovered from pension thieves.
The senate committee probing pension Corruption in nigerias civil service management accused him of mopping up pension funds from banks and depositing the money in his private accounts. According to the committee, this mopping of such funds had made it impossible to pay thousands of pensioners across the country for months.
Things came to a head last week when the senate passed a resolution asking the presidency to sack Alhaji Maina within two days or face its wrath. Although the presidency had initially insisted that only the head of service could sack Maina, it subsequently changed its tone and ordered that disciplinary action should be taken against him for absconding from his duty post without permission.
Further evidence, in the form of official data from across Nigeria, shows that nowhere in the country is kerosene sold at a subsidised rate. It was learnt that since the national assembly members concluded their investigations, no officials of the NNPC or the marketers have been sanctioned, thus emboldening them to continue to import kerosene and allocate to themselves and their cronies.
Apparently due to alleged pecuniary benefits, the NNPC has continued to import kerosene and allocate in questionable circumstances to individuals and groups at the ex-depot price of N But rather than selling the product at the subsidised price of N50 per litre at filling stations, the beneficiaries of these allocations sell the product to middlemen at N95 or N per litre at the gates of the depots.
These middlemen, it was learnt, truck the product to the filling stations and sell between N and N per litre. It was alleged that marketers give some of their allocations to some top PPMC officials to ensure that they turn blind eye to the scam.
The failure of the NNPC to implement a presidential directive removing subsidy from kerosene has fuelled suspicion among the stakeholders.
The debate, which was televised live, made official findings that have been widely leaked in recent days. The fuel sector probe was set up in the wake of angry nationwide protests in January after the government tried to remove a fuel subsidy. Nigeria is a major oil producer but has to import most of its fuel.
Ongoing court cases, no convictions.
House of reps report tainted by Farouk Lawan bribery setup. Stephen Oronsaye, over an alleged Nbillion fraud perpetrated during his tenure, between and The audit by the auditor-general arose from the work of a Special Audit Team constituted by the federal government in May to conduct a comprehensive examination of the accounts of the Civilian Pension Department domiciled in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
The audit, which covered the period touncovered monumental financial irregularities, opaque transactions, irregular and abnormal running costs, and outright stealing and kick backs said to have reached its zenith during the 18 months that Oronsaye served as Head of Service.
But no action has been taken to bring all those indicted to book. Uzoma Cyril Attang, and four others before an Abuja high court on an count charge of conspiracy, breach of trust and embezzlement of N The six accused persons were docked before Justice Hussain Baba to whom the case was reassigned following a controversial judgement of the first trial judge, Justice Abubakar Talba: But Attang, who was arraigned by the EFCC for the first time in connection with the alleged fraud, was granted N10million bail and two sureties in like sum.Tragedy of corruption in the civil service.
of corruption and sluggishness in the Nigerian civil service. The rules of the service have been subverted and the service has been given various.
The recent declaration by the Federal Government that the civil service is corrupt is a known fact which needs to be addressed as the fire of the war against corruption rages. At independence in , when Nigerian leaders took over the civil service, no attempt was made to restructure the civil service to suit the new nation’s own developmental needs; hence the inbuilt corruption in the system has continued till today despite the series of reforms that have taken place by successive regimes in Nigeria.
The Head of Service told the EFCC Chairman that he had strengthened and enhanced the autonomy of the anti corruption units in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies and called on the Commission to lend its expertise to help stamp out corruption and other vices in the Nigerian civil service.
The Nigerian public service is irretrievably dysfunctional with the cardinal characteristic as a silo of corruption. The civil servants and .
In the interview proper, Asiodu assessed the Nigerian civil service, pointed out where the country missed the mark and how to retrace our steps.
He spoke on the state of the nation and why President Muhammadu Buhari cannot limit his anti-corruption war to the former President Goodluck administration.