Shun Bribe-For-Promotion, Jonathan Warns Civil Servants

Prepares for handover

…Swear In New Perm Secs

 President Goodluck Jonathan has warned that the Federal Civil Service would be breeding corrupt officers if it engages in bribe in order to promote its workers.

The president who spoke Thursday at the swearing ceremony of four new permanent secretaries and a member of the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) at the Presidential Villa Abuja, urged the civil servants to shun corruption by joining in his administration anti-corruption crusade.

The new permanent secretaries are Abubakar Magaji (Zamfara State), Mohammed Abbas (Kaduna), Mohammed Bukar (Yobe) and Rasheed Adelakun (Lagos); while the FCSC member is Sirajo Mohammed (Kano).

According to President Jonathan, “If the Federal Civil Service will take bribe to promote, that means that the Federal Civil Service is breeding corrupt officers in the system, charging them to bring their wealth of experience to bear on the civil service for effective performance, saying their appointment was on merit.

He said:“The appointment of permanent secretaries is one position that nobody will say there is influence. If there is influence, the Office of the Head of Service has to be probed. They are appointed based on merit.”

“And sometimes, when I see the record, I feel sad at some point. This is because the score sometimes could be close and somebody could miss the appointment by just one mark. That’s what we’ve been doing over the period, and the nation expects continued, dedicated service from them in their new position,” Jonathan said.

“As Acting President, I had to cause an investigation to be carried out when I got the information that they bribed people and even sometimes in millions to get promotion,” he quipped.