26 September 2023

NIGERIA: President hits out at PS corruption

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Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has hit out at corruption in the country’s Federal Public Service, which he said continued to thrive despite repeated eradication efforts.

“It flourishes in the cloak of nepotism, cronyism and political patronage among others, including lack of transparency, accountability and other social misdemeanours,” Mr Buhari (pictured) said.

He urged leaders in the private and public sectors to be mindful of their positions as trustees of the people, tasking them to always work towards leaving legacies that would outlive them.

“I wish that leaders would rise to be counted among those who have distinguished themselves to do the right thing and leave their footprints on the sands of time,” Mr Buhari said.

Speaking during the conferment of awards on former President, Goodluck Jonathan and 43 other prominent Nigerians, Mr Buhari said corruption conspired to distract Public Servants and impinged on the delivery of their mandate.

His comments came shortly after the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said it was moving towards strikes in the health and judiciary sectors over a failure to review wages.

The NLC called on all tiers of Government to immediately pay cost-of-living allowances to all workers in line with the global trends.

President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba said wages in these sectors had not been reviewed since 2013, even though three-year reviews had been promised.

Abuja, 24 October 2022

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