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Bauchi Govt: No Hiding Place for Corrupt Officials

| July 15, 2013 More

By Segun Awofadeji

The Bauchi State Head of Civil Service, Mr Abdon Dalla Gin, Thursday declared that there was no hiding place for corrupt government official in the state’s civil service, warning that anybody found guilty would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

The warning is coming on the heels of the arraignment of five members of staff of the state Scholarship Board, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly defrauding the board.

Gin, who disclosed in Bauchi, during a press conference with journalists, on the achievement of the Isa Yuguda-led administration since 2007, said the state government would no longer accommodate practices of corruption in its affairs, hence it had employed the services of the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to probe cases of corruption in all government transactions.

According to him, “before the coming of this administration, there were fraudulent activities in the state civil service that made the government indebted. After clearing all the debts by previous administration, the state government set up anti-corruption agencies within the ministries and government agencies to ensure credibility and transparency in all its transactions. The state government also collaborated with federal government anti-corruption agencies like the ICPC and the EFCC to probe corrupt state government officials.”

Gin noted that government had established some anti-corruption units in the various ministries and parastatals to curb corruption among civil servants, stressing that already, there was a cordial working relationship with the zonal ICPC to fight corruption in the state.

“As am talking to you now, you are free to contact the office of the EFCC for further clarification on those under their custody over fund diversion and government is committed to ensure sanity in the civil service,” he reiterated.

The HoS stressed that the state government had allowed the lifting of the embargo on employment in critical areas such as teaching and medical profession, saying the state was in dire need of professionals.

He said the state was presently employing workers only in critical areas like health, education among others and had placed embargo on recruitment until the financial situation improved.

Gin lamented that there was a protest during the recent finance allocation committee meeting , following a short fall from over dependent on oil money, and charged workers in the country to bear with the situation.

He said about 80 per cent of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the state was used in the payment of the salaries of 30,150 civil servants, while 20 per cent went into the remaining N5 million population of the state, adding that because of the merger resources in the state, the government could not employ more workers.

Gin said 4,700 civil servants have written promotional exams since 2009 to date, adding the policy is part of the capacity building programme of the state government.

Category: Bauchi State News

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