The federal government, through the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), has announced the deletion of 1,618 officers with fake employment letters from its payroll system, IPPIS, in the past year.

The Head of Civil Service, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, disclosed this during a media parley marking the 2024 Civil Service Week.

Yemi-Esan revealed that thorough physical verifications by various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) have reduced the previously inflated civil service workforce from over 100,000 to a verified count of 69,308 currently on the payroll.

She noted the implementation of welfare initiatives, such as low-interest housing schemes, aimed at reducing incentives for corrupt activities among civil servants.

“We work closely with ICPC and EFCC to curb corruption, even when we have not been able to verify allegations of corrupt practices in the service.

“We endeavour to divert the attention of civil servants from engaging in corrupt practices by providing welfare packages like housing schemes with a single-digit interest rate.

“These welfare packages have helped to reduce the temptation for civil servants to engage in corruption.”

Yemi-Esan also announced the successful deployment of a whistleblower scheme. 

She encouraged individuals to report corruption anonymously through online platforms or directly to the OHCSF.