Fidelity bank card banner Camano banner
FG sacks another set of Directors, others for job racketeering

By News Express on 27/01/2016

Views: 2,264


The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday said his ministry had dismissed 13 staff members – among them Directors) in one of its agencies for alleged job racketeering. Mohammed, who declined to mention the name of the affected agency, said this at a news conference in Abuja.

He said the affected staff members who were between grade levels nine and 16 were already helping the police investigating the alleged job racketeering.

“Actually, it is my ministry – Information and Culture. This was what had happened before we got here.

“One of the parastatals actually there was a racket in which N300,000 to N400,000 jobs were given.

“I think this involved almost 400 people and the racket was uncovered.

“I think the first 200 plus were engaged before I came in.

“What was pathetic about that particular scandal was that it involved very fairly senior officials, one was on grade level 17. Unfortunately, he is late today.

“They immediately sent out text (messages) and people paid into their designated accounts. “They compromised IPPIS; they took IPPIS vouchers to capture these people on the payroll. ``Like I said, this is what happened before we came in, but it will be to the credit of the ministry even before we came in they stepped in.

“About 200 plus were disengaged, but when I came in I realised that the perpetrators themselves were still in the service.

“And I said `this cannot stand because somehow, somewhere, some people were trying to overturn the decisions even in the ministry and I said that such people should be dismissed. “And I said they should not be only dismissed but (be) handed over to the police and that has been done.”

“The minister urged Nigerians not to be taken in by the antics of the sponsored denunciation of the anti-graft war. He said the treasury looters, who have so much resources in their kitty, and their cohorts would throw everything but the kitchen sink at the present administration. “But we have no doubt that Nigerians are discerning enough to know the truth which, in the words of President Muhammadu Buhari, is that unless Nigeria kills corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria.

“This administration will neither be distracted nor intimidated by anyone into abandoning or weakening the fight against corruption, which is a war of survival for our nation.

“No amount of media or other attacks will stop the fight. The pseudo-analysts and hack writers will labour in vain in their quest to stop the train of this anti-corruption fight.” According to him, today corruption is already fighting back, and it is fighting hard and dirty. “Sponsored articles have started appearing in the newspapers and in the Social Media, while ‘Talking Heads’ have started making the rounds in the electronic media, all deriding the fight against corruption as well as this administration.

“Not stopping there, they have been creating distractions by sponsoring articles in both local and international media to deride the administration's policies generally, tag the President a budding dictator and even write off his 2016 budget.”

Mohammed said the sole purpose of these attacks was to distract attention from the war on corruption.

“Let's talk more about the cost of corruption. Have you noticed that whereas Nigeria's national budget has increased from just over N900 billion in 1999 to over N6 trillion in 2016, poverty has also increased almost by the same proportion?

“The reason is not far-fetched: Appropriated funds have mostly ended up in the pockets of a few looters.”

The minister said when the money meant to construct roads were looted, the end result was that the roads were not built and the people suffered and even died in avoidable road accidents.

“When the money meant to provide electricity is looted, we all are perpetually sentenced to darkness.

“When the money meant for healthcare is pocketed by a few, we are unable to reduce maternal and infant mortality. These are the costs of corruption.”

He said that corruption must be tackled decisively for Nigerians to feel the impact of governance. (NAN)

•Photo shows Lai Mohammed.

 

Source News Express

Posted 27/01/2016 04:37:10 AM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
NNPC staff vow to resist sale of refineries,...

Buhari’s Army of Occupation in Igbo-Land: The making...

2019 general elections to determine Nigeria’s future: Ebubemonso...

Phasing out Danfo buses in Lagos will create...

Plateau youths protest grazing reserve and ranching policy...

2015: HOW MY SUCCESSOR WILL EMERGE —Akpabio

Police watched as I was abducted: Abia APC...

2019: El-Rufai blasts Shehu Sani, insists Senator will...

Unilever Nigeria Q1 results show continued strong growth...

History as Supreme Court resolves 44-year-old Anambra land...

Plateau poultry farmers decry low patronage, hike in...

Seriake Dickson and the quest for restructuring, By...

 

Latest News Cultists on rampage in Lagos Drama as Atiku’s witness weeps at election tribunal African spymasters storm Abuja, establish database to track terrorist fighters across continent Ruga: Abia Govt. scrutinises land sales above 5 hectares UNIJOS unveils world’s first anti-snake vaccine 7 suspected cultists face robbery, assault charge Don’t obey Northern Elders’ order to quit South, Buhari tells Fulani herdsmen Police restrict protests to only one location in Abuja Why we are giving appointments in batches — Okowa •Swears-in 8 Special Advisers Ekiti expends N3.9bn on pensions Fish out Funke Olakunrin’s killers without delay — Classmates Kidnapping, robbery: Police arrests 53 suspects in Abia

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (508,664 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (431,140 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (372,964 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (316,460 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (282,036 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (246,973 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (238,839 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (222,580 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (220,891 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (208,440 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (188,129 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (186,766 views)

 

NLNG Job Vacancy

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (96) Business & Economy (4,354) Business Verdict (76) Columnists (1,070) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (211) Entertainment (635) Features (778) Global Business Monitor (395) ICT Monitor (53) International (3,719) Interview (192) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (163) Maggie's Blog (338) News (48,745) Opinion (1,290) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,164) Religion (1,050) Sports (2,098) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera