Nigerian officials sacked over ‘irregularities’

By on 22/09/2015
Muhammadu Buhari appointed a committee to advise him on how best to tackle corruption and reform the legal system.

Three Nigerian civil servants have been dismissed over irregularities found in their employment process, it has been reported.

The employees of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) lost their jobs after an administrative investigation conducted by the agency itself revealed that they had been illegally employed into the agency, the Daily Post reports.

According to a statement made on Saturday by Hajiya Lami Tumaka, head of public relations at the agency, the employment of the three workers shortly before the former director-general, Dr Ziakede Akpobolokemi, left office, did not follow due process required for employment into the civil service.

She also said the process of hiring and firing NIMASA officials is governed by federal civil service rules – just like every federal government agency.

The move follows the arrival of Nigeria’s new president Muhammadu Buhari, who was elected in May, largely on a promise to tackle corruption.

Last month, Buhari appointed a committee to advise him on how best to tackle corruption and reform the legal system.

The seven-member Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption is mostly made up of academics.

He has said he believes government officials have stolen about $150bn (£96bn) from the public purse over the past decade.

About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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