The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday said his ministry had dismissed 13 staff members 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.
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