Tinubu Orders Civil Servants Who Relocated Abroad To Refund Salaries

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu has issued a directive requiring Nigerian civil servants who have relocated abroad but continue to draw salaries from the federal government without formally resigning to refund the money they have fraudulently collected. Speaking at the Award and Gala Night of the 2024 Civil Service Week in Abuja, Tinubu emphasized the need for accountability and restitution.

He stated that the culprits must repay the funds they obtained through this fraudulent practice, and their supervisors and department heads should also face consequences for their involvement. “Accountability is non-negotiable. Those who have engaged in this fraudulent practice must refund the money they received.” he explained.

Tinubu highlighted the importance of maintaining integrity within the Nigerian Civil Service, emphasizing that it cannot be a workplace where violations go unpunished. “We cannot tolerate civil servants who relocate abroad but continue to draw salaries from our government. This is a breach of trust and a disservice to our nation”.

He acknowledged the critical role civil servants play in translating government plans into impactful programs and projects across various sectors of the economy. Tinubu assured civil servants of the administration’s commitment to their welfare and development, recognizing the challenges they face and emphasizing the need for excellence and confidence in their performance.

In her keynote address, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, the head of the Civil Service of the Federation, expressed gratitude for Tinubu’s efforts to improve civil servants’ welfare, including the recent provisional wage award and ongoing minimum wage review. The directive aims to uphold accountability, foster professionalism, and ensure the efficient functioning of the civil service as a vital component of governance in Nigeria.

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President Bola Tinubu’s directive shows the importance of accountability and transparency within the civil service.

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