FG wage bill balloons from N1.8T to N3.4T, ICPC probes job scams

Bolaji Owasanoye ICPC chairman

Bolaji Owasanoye ICPC chairman

The Federal Government wage bill has risen from N1.832 trillion in 2015 to N3.494 trillion in 2022 amid a plethora of employment scams in the public service.

Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Professor Bolaji Owasanoye revealed this Tuesday, as he announced a probe of 100 job scams.

Owasanoye said that indiscriminate recruitment had continued to have negative impact on personnel budget leading to almost a doubling personnel bill in seven years.

He said his commission is investigating almost 100 petitions on recruitment scam from victim institutions and complicit individuals.

Owasanoye spoke at the policy dialogue on “Entrenching Transparency in Public Service Recruitment Process in Nigeria” on Tuesday in Abuja.

The policy dialogue was organised by the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), the research and training arm of ICPC.

The dialogue is aimed at producing a policy brief to guide the national response to the issue of curbing corruption and reducing the high level of irregularities in public service recruitment in Nigeria.

It is also meant assist government to get the right number and quality of public service workforce.

“In actual fact, many Nigerians in both official and non-official quarters have expressed serious concerns over the growing patronage system in the public sector.

“The timing of this policy dialogue cannot have come at a better time than now.

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“This is because there is near consensus across our country and across all political divides that there is a lack of transparency in public service recruitment process across all tiers of government in our country.

“This is regardless of which political party holds the reign of power in these three tiers of government (federal, state and local).

“To underscore the corruption prevalent in the process, ICPC has received and is investigating almost 100 petitions on recruitment scam from innocent victims.

“The situation festers due to lack of transparency, ” he said.

He said the policy dialogues generally were meant to deliberate on issues that focus on more systemic and institutional improvements.

This, according to him, will be sustainable regardless of changes in political administration.

He added that the concomitant policy brief was meant to offer solutions that were practicable and directly relevant to the improvement of the subject matter of the policy.

Owasanoye said that the Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno had recently raised a serious concern that the recruitment into the security agencies (Nigerian Police and others) had been politicised.

He quoted Zulum as saying, “governors, ministers and other top government functionaries have recruitment slots who are not interviewed, whether they are qualified for the job or not”.

“This is a matter of grave concern that needs to be critically, objectively and robustly discussed in this particular dialogue session”, Owasanoye said.

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