FG cuts workforce by 31 percent in surprise move

The federal government has cut its workforce by 30.69 per cent in a surprise move amid new minimum wage agitation by leaders of Organized labour Unions on behalf of the Nigeria workers.

Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of Civil Service of the Federation said 1,618 officers in the Civil Service with illegal and fake employment letters in the last one year.

She said the Service took steps and weeded the names of the individuals, including Civil Servants who travelled abroad without permit from the
the Integration Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS).

According to the Nigerian Tribune said the Head of Service made this known on Wednesday in Abuja at a media parley organized as part of programmes marking the 2024 Civil Service Week.

Yemi-Esan said the alleged fraud was uncovered through physical verification conducted by the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) through physical verification of Staff.

She disclosed that the over-bloated federal civil service has now been brought down from over 100,000 to 69,308 who have been verified and are on the payroll after the clean-up exercise.

The Head of Service also revealed that ghost workers with fake employment letters and travelled abroad are among the culprits that were caught during the physical verification exercise by the federal government.

Yemi-Esan further disclosed that the fear was achieved through the synergy with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The programme theme was “Education an African fit for the 21s Century: Building Resilient Education System for Increased Access to Inclusive Longlife, Quality and relevant Learning in Africa”.

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