FG forgives civil servants that padded 2016 budget

Some indicted officials of the Budget Office who were sanctioned for their roles in padding the 2016 budget have been forgiven.

The Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation forgave the civil servants redeployed them.

They were redeployed from the Expenditure Department of the Budget Office to the new unit in the finance ministry.

12 out of the 15 persons indicted have been posted to the Cash Management Office by the Department of Employee Mobility.

The office is located on the 6th floor of the Ministry of Finance.

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A source told this news house that 2 directors, 2 assistant directors, and other officers from Level 07 to 13 were involved in the racket.

The source added that the officers, who were moved from the budget office, now formed the nucleus of the new department.

“The personnel involved are the key schedule officials.

“They fall into the intermediate cadre who handle the major paperwork in the Expenditure Department of the Budget Office.

“The indictment of the personnel of the Department led to the removal of the Director-General, Mr. Yahaya Gusau.

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“The directorate cadre were deployed out.

“The directive was for the intermediate officers to be deployed out but they did not obey the directive.

“The deployment was put on hold.

“They were still in the Budget Office until they were deployed by the Head of Service to the Cash Management Department.”

It was learned that the Ministry of Finance created the new department to reclaim some of its responsibilities.

The office was set up by the Minister for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, in September this year.

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The newly created office allocate resources that accrue to the treasury to various MDAs.

Another source said, “There is a disturbing trend now in the civil service.

“Early this year, the news broke that some top civil servants were involved in padding the 2016 budget.

“Those involved in that scam, who were found culpable, were disciplined and even posted out of the budget office.

“As I speak to you now, about 12 of them have found their way back to the ministry of finance, occupying important positions.

Another official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not officially permitted to speak on the matter.