FLASH: FG sends bill seeking establishment of special anti-corruption courts to NASS

The Federal Government have sent to the National Assembly, a bill seeking the establishment of a special anti-corruption court to try serious crimes, including corruption cases.


The Special Crimes Bill 2016 was drafted by the Prof. Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption.


The proposed court will exclusively handle corruption cases and other cases including narcotic, human trafficking, kidnapping, cybercrime, money laundering and other related offences.


Details of this bill and more will be passed on as it unfolds…

Officers take to the streets as Police solicits public support to fight corruption.

The Nigerian Police Force, Anambra State Command has called on the public to help and support the fight against corruption.


This was made known in a video made available to Omojuwa.Com  which clearly showed Policemen and women in their uniforms carrying banners and placards with different anti-corruption inscriptions.


This sight is actually a surprising and awkward considering how corrupt the Nigerian Police is perceived to be.


Speaking to pressmen, the Anambra State Police Commissioner, Mr Sam Okaula, in a statement said; “We are now saying no to corruption. Enough is enough. We are tired of this Toga of corruption that has been hanging on our neck for quite sometimes now. Everyone of us is coming out to say no to corruption and to crime. That is what you have seen today. This message will go down the line. The Area Commanders will pass this information across and also the DPOs. We also want to sensitize the public that the Police should not be lured into corruption. The Police is ready to fight corruption to a standstill.”


Speaking further was the PPRO of the State Command, Nkiru Nwode. She was also heard saying; “You go to any Police Station and you’re asked to pay for Bail. Please, my CP operates an open door policy. His open door policy has no limit. Come to the office or call the PPRO number which has been made available to everyone. Please call and report any Police officer that asks you for money for bail. Meanwhile, not all offenses are bailable.


The activity resulted into a traffic gridlock as the men and women of the Anambra State Police Command took to the streets chanting anti-corruption songs to create public awareness against corruption in the Police force and Nigeria as a whole.


This is a welcomed development in the country and if this kind of activities are backed up with properly structured actions, Nigeria may yet be able to rid it’s Police force of the cancerous corruption plaguing it.

Oyegun: No sane Nigerian would oppose Buhari’s anti-corruption war.

John Oyegun, national chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), on Friday said no “sane” Nigerian will express reservation over the way the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is “uniquely” tackling corruption.

Speaking while declaring open a three-day retreat which the Kano state chapter of the APC organised for its officials, Oyegun said God sent Buhari at a period when Nigeria was on the verge of collapse.

“God sent Buhari at the most crucial time in Nigeria’s history,” he said.

“He inherited a comatose economy and he has been strenuously working to deliver on his campaign promises centred on the economy, security and fighting corruption.

“Insurgency has been tamed, while the issues of militancy and other related security challenges were being diligently attended to by the president.”

Expressing optimisim that the economy would soon bounce back, Oyegun commended the president for being so “frugal” with every kobo that accrued to the nation.

“Buhari is generally working tirelessly to make Nigeria a better place for all Nigerians,” he said.

Oyegun emphasised the need for internal democracy in the party.

Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano, said the retreat was organised for “stocktaking on the achievements, problems and to chart the way forward”.

He said the APC in Kano was still united and indivisible.

Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto, said the retreat would help to keep the party on the right track.

“This is to ensure that government is properly adjusted in the interest of the common people,” he said.

Your anti-corruption policy scaring investors – Sen. Bruce tells Buhari

Senator Ben Bruce (PDP Bayelsa East) on Thursday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to adjust his approach to the anti-corruption crusade, saying the policy was scaring investors.

Bruce, who disclosed this while contributing to the Senate’s debate on the economic recession in the country, said Nigeria should not expect foreign investments as even local investors had stopped investing.

He said that people who had money to invest were no longer doing so because the anti-graft agencies were harassing any person with cash transactions running into millions.

He said: “Buhari’s approach to anti-corruption is wrong.

“Let us forget the foreign investors.

“What about the local investors?

“If people are afraid, they will not invest.

“Fear will not be a policy to grow the economy.

“Money is a coward.

“It only goes to places where there is peace and tranquillity.

“I have a friend who paid legitimate N50 million into his account and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission came and picked him up.

“We cannot be afraid to be Nigerians, we cannot be afraid to live in our country.”

Bruce recalled that former President Olusegun Obasanjo also fought corruption but that his anti-corruption fight was not one that put fear in the minds of real investors.

He said he supported Buhari’s anti-corruption fight but insisted that the approach should be changed to encourage investments.

On the prices of food in the market, Bruce said that poor Nigerians were feeling the brunt far more than the rich.

He said the prices of bags of rice, beans and garri had risen by over 50 per cent, while the retail prices of the same commodity rose by over 150 per cent.

The lawmaker said that while the rich bought the commodities in bags, the poor, whose minimum wage had not changed, had to buy at 150 per cent increased rate.

He attributed the increase in retail prices of items to the cost of transportation and called for a transport policy to check transportation costs.

“Anti-Corruption War Will Be Institutionalized”, President Buhari Assures.

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that the anti-corruption crusade in the country will be deepened and institutionalized to last beyond the life of the current administration.


Receiving American Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, at an audience in State House, Abuja, Tuesday, the President declared: “We will insist on the standards we’re establishing. We are laying down administrative and financial instructions in the public service that must be obeyed. Any breach will no longer be acceptable.


We will retrain our staff, so that they understand the new orientation. And those who run foul of these rules will be prosecuted, no matter who is involved. But we will be fair, just and act according to the rule of law. Anyone perceived corrupt is innocent till we can prove it. We will work very hard to establish documentation for successful prosecution, and those in positions of trust will sit up.”


President Buhari appreciated the intervention of the U.S before the 2015 polls, demanding free and fair elections in Nigeria, saying, “America did not do it because of what it stands to benefit from us. You did it for the Nigerian people. It tells so much what the U.S stands for in the world.”


On the Boko Haram insurgency, President Buhari thanked the U.S for both hard and soft military help. “The training and intelligence that we could not muster ourselves, we received. The training has made Boko Haram less of a threat to Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region, while the military hardware has given our troops added confidence.”

President Buhari said though Militancy in the Niger Delta has impacted negatively on the economy and affected the positive intentions of international and local investors, government was showing restraint not to use real force, “except when constrained to do so.”


On the economy, the President assured that the focus of his administration is on the diversification of the economy having learnt our lessons from years of over dependence on oil.


In his remarks, Mr Kerry commended the courage of President Buhari in fighting corruption, saying: “We applaud what you are doing. Corruption creates a ready-made playing field for recruiting extremists.  You inherited a big problem, and we will support you in any way we can. We will work with you very closely. We don’t want to interfere, but will offer opportunities as you require.”


The American Secretary of State also pledged to assist in tackling the humanitarian challenges in the North-east, adding that his country would get the UK, France, and others “to augment the support.”


Nigeria is priority for us. We won’t miss the opportunity to work together, because you are making significant progress,” Mr Kerry said.

Anti-Corruption War: Don’t Bow To Pressure – Ajibola Tells Buhari

Former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola, SAN, yesterday advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to succumb to the pressure to relax his anti-corruption war.


According to him, Nigeria will not make progress, if corruption is not taken to the cleaners.


Ajibola, who gave the advice in an interview in his Abeokuta home, recalled telling the President after his inauguration that corruption would fight back, but pleaded with him not to give in to pressures.


The retired Judge of the International Court of Justice wondered what manner of people Nigerians were if the same people that voted Buhari to solve their problems of corruption were so early getting tired when the work had only just begun.


He said: “Fighting corruption is vital and it is going to come with many provocations and open show of ungratefulness by the same Nigerians you are working hard to save but you stand firm and not be deterred. That is the way to go.


‘’When I served as Attorney-General of the Federation for over six years, I did not take salaries, asking them to use my salaries as part of the fund to run the nation’s affairs.

‘’Despite all that, when I was nominated for election into the International Court of Justice, eminent Nigerians, lawyers of note (names withheld) travelled all the way from Nigeria to campaign against me that I should not be voted into the ICJ.


“That is where I would like to advise President Buhari not to be deterred by seeming lack of appreciation of the good work he is doing and various acts of sabotage and pressures of corrupt people that caused the suffering of Nigerians currently.


‘’The success of the whole struggle is in his not succumbing and in his firmness. The people that are doing these to the government, who will always come out to criticize as if there is nothing good that the government has done or is doing, should not be the reason to allow the other 170 million helpless Nigerians to suffer.”


He is capable and I pray that Almighty Allah will continue to strengthen him to succeed.’’

Looters Will Return Their Loots, The Nation Needs The Money – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he was very much home with the suffering of ordinary Nigerians.


The president assured that government was taking deliberate steps to improve the lives of citizens.


Buhari stated this yesterday when he received the Council of Abuja Imams at the presidential villa, Abuja.


According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president told the Imams that his government is acutely aware of challenges of life facing the average citizen.


He appealed to Muslim religious leaders to carry the message of hope to the people that things will improve.


Buhari also requested religious leaders throughout the country to keep calming the people.


“The leadership, at various levels, is trying to solve problems of poverty, unemployment and insecurity bedevilling the country,” the president said. He said the government chose to give priority to agriculture so as to create jobs for unemployed citizens and give the country food security.


Buhari noted that although efforts had begun, there was a bigger plan for the provision of fertilizers, insecticides and land preparations starting next year.

He further requested state governments and community leaders across the country to organise the population into cooperative societies, stressing that “extension services, not money will be provided.”


The president also addressed the religious leaders on the efforts to improve power supply in the country with on-going efforts to bring foreign investment from China and some friendly countries that indicated willingness in developing the proposed Mambila and other hydroelectric power projects in the country.


He assured that the steps the government was carefully taking on the crisis situation in the Niger Delta would lead to long-term peace and stabilise the oil-rich region.


On the war against corruption and the Boko Haram terrorism, the president said his government would remain resolute and relentless.


“We have no plan to humiliate or embarrass anyone through these actions. We are merely interested in instituting justice and fairness for all,” the president assured.


He reiterated that whoever was caught, as having stolen from the public, will be forced to return the loot to the treasury. “The nation needs the money,” he stated.


Earlier, the Chairman of Abuja Council of Imams, Dr. Tajudeen Mohammed Bello Adigun, on behalf of the delegation, commended the efforts of the Buhari administration in the war against corruption and terrorism.

EFCC Takes Anti-Corruption Crusade To IDP Camps

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu has vowed to ensure transparency and accountability in the use of funds meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) especially in Maiduguri, Borno state.
A statement yesterday from EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said the EFCC chairman said the probe will include all IDP camps in the country, made the declaration yesterday in Maiduguri, while speaking at the newly reopened Zonal office of the Commission.

Uwujaren said the EFCC boss expressed worry about complaints of corruption in IDP Camps, coming from International humanitarian organizations and other civil society organizations that are helping the distressed victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the city and beyond.
“We want to be sure that there is transparency, accountability and judicious use of the money allocated to Internally Displaced Persons in Maiduguri and elsewhere,” the statement said.

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EFCC Rejects Ekweremadu As Anti-corruption Ambassador, Disowns National Assembly Officer

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has denied decorating Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy senate president, as its anti-corruption ambassador.

In a statement Wednesday, the commission said reports widely circulated in the media on Tuesday, quoting its National Assembly liaison officer as bestowing the award on Mr. Ekweremadu, was of no consequence as the officer acted on his own.

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The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to some reports in the print and online media, on April 20, 2016 claiming that the anti-graft agency has decorated the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, as “Anti-Corruption Ambassador”.

According to a statement issued to the press by the Special Adviser to the Deputy Senate President, Uche Anichukwu, the purported decoration, was carried out by the EFCC National Assembly Liaison Officer, Suleiman Bakari, who was quoted to have said: “On behalf of my acting chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu and the entire management and staff of the EFCC, decorate you as an Anti- Corruption Ambassador and formally present this frame, as a token of our appreciation to your person and office, and as a symbol of the institutional partnership between the EFCC and the National Assembly”.

The EFCC totally dissociates itself from the purported action of Sulaiman Bakari as he acted entirely on his own. He clearly acted outside his brief as a liaison officer as the management of the Commission at no time mandated him to decorate Ekweremadu or any officer of the National Assembly as Anti- Corruption Ambassador.

The statutory mandate of the EFCC is the investigation and prosecution of all economic and financial crimes cases, which does not include the decoration of individuals as anti-corruption ambassadors.

The Commission is not in the habit of awarding titles to individuals. And those enamoured of titles, know the quarters to approach for such honours, not the EFCC.

Members of the public and stakeholders in the fight against corruption are enjoined to disregard the so-called decoration.

Wilson Uwujaren

Head, Media & Publicity

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Saraki’s Corruption Trial: Lawmakers Speed Up Controversial Bill To Amend Anti-corruption Law

A bill for an amendment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal and Bureau Act scaled second reading at the Nigerian Senate, Thursday, just 48 hours after it was first read.

In Nigeria’s lawmaking process, rarely do bills get such accelerated legislative action.

The bill, sponsored by Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP-Delta State), passed second reading and was subsequently referred to the committees on Judiciary and Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.

The committees is to report back in two weeks.


The bill seeks to amend Section 3 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act “to give every public officer appearing before the Bureau fair hearing as provided for under Section 36 (2)(a) of the CFRN 1999 which provides:

“For an opportunity for the person whose rights and obligations may be affected to make representations to the administering authority before that authority makes the decision affecting that person.”

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Nigerian Officials Snub US-led Anti-corruption Groups

Nigerian officials rose from the U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) meeting on Wednesday without committing the Buhari administration to a key demand of their American counterparts, membership of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Partnership on Illicit Finance (PIF), two anti-corruption initiatives promoted by the United States government.

Launched in 2011 and 2014 respectively, OGP and PIF are multilateral initiatives that require policy and technology-backed anti-corruption framework in member countries.

OGP signatory governments are required to develop action plans that elaborate their commitment to defined standards of government integrity, citizen participation, corporate accountability, public safety and effective management of public resources, all of which are to be overseen and verified by a multi-stakeholder international steering committee of governments and leading civil society representatives.

PIF is an outcome of the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit which was attended by Nigeria and 50 other countries.

It requires member nations to develop action plans to stem cross-border corruption-related financial flow which they can execute in conjunction with the United States. Nigeria currently ranks 10 on the global index of countries with high illicit financial flow.

American officials were vocal about their desire to see Nigeria join OGP and PIF preparatory to the BNC meeting.

Speaking on U.S.-Nigeria partnership at the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) two days before the meeting, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs, praised President Buhari’s “strong position on fighting corruption”.

She pledged U.S. support for law enforcement and judicial investigation and prosecution of “complex corruption cases” and called on Nigeria to “join the growing global community that is using OGP and PIF to strengthen transparency, accountability, and good governance”.

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John Kerry Lauds Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Drive

The United State Secretary of State, John Kerry, has given President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign a pass mark in faraway Davos, Switzerland, at the ongoing World Economic Forum.

Mr Kerry in his speech at the forum, made reference to President Buhari’s fight against corruption in Nigeria and how individuals kept money meant for arms deal.

In his words: “It has been reported that over 50 people including government officials stole over $9 billion in Nigeria”.

He added that money that was meant for arms to fight the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, was kept by Generals in the most populous black nation in the world.

He emphasized that “today, corruption has grown at an alarming pace which threatens global growth, global stability and indeed the global future”.

“Obviously, corruption is not a new problem.

“Every nation has faced it in one time or another in its development.

“America’s own founding fathers knew the threat of corruption all too well, warning of the dangers that it posed to democratic governance.

“But today, corruption has grown at an alarming pace and threatens global growth, global stability and indeed global future.

“When Nigeria’s President, Buhari, took office last spring, he inherited a military that was under-paid, underfed and unable to protect the Nigerian people from Boko Haram.

“One reason is that military budget was finding its way into the pockets of the generals. And just this week, we saw reports that more than 50 people in Nigeria, including former government officials, stole nine billion dollars from the treasury,” he told the gathering.

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Anti-Corruption Panel In Secret Meeting With ICPC

The Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption has met with top officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC.

A source at the ICPC, who pleaded not to be named, said Mr. Sagay and other members of the presidential panel arrived the commission at about 12 noon Tuesday.

The panel immediately went into a closed-door meeting with the ICPC team led by the chairman, Ekpo Nta.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on August 10 constituted the panel to advise his administration on how to successfully tackle corruption and reform the criminal justice system.

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PFN, CAN Support Buhari’s Anti-Corruption War

Pentecostal Fel­lowship of Nigeria (PFN) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), yester­day, threw their weights behind President Muham­madu Buhari on his anti-corruption campaign.

This was disclosed yes­terday at a press briefing organised by the Deeper Life Bible Church, pre­paratory to the church’s mega crusade holding in Lagos, in collaboration with CAN and PFN.

Representative of PFN, who is also Financial Sec­retary of the body, Lagos chapter, Leke Akinola tasked Buhari not to be selective in his anti-cor­ruption crusade, assuring that the church was in support of the develop­ment. “Buhari’s resolve to deal decisively with cor­rupt Nigerians and to re­cover money stolen from the nation’s treasury was a right step in the right di­rection,” he informed.

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Buhari Sets Up Advisory Committee On Anti- Corruption

President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted a seven-member committee to advise him on his plans to tackle corruption, according to THISDAY.

Named as the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption, investigation reveals that the committee will be formally inaugurated this Monday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Members of the committee are drawn largely from the academia. They are Professor Femi Odekunle, a professor of Criminology at the Ahmadu Bello University; Dr. (Mrs) Benedicta Daudu of the University of Jos; Professor Etannibi Alamika, a professor of Criminology and Sociology from the University of Jos; and Professor Sadia Radda also a professor of Criminology.

Others are Professor Itse Sagay (SAN), a professor of Law and a fierce commentator on national issues; Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, also a professor of Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; and Mrs. Hadiza Bala Usman.

Curiously, no judge either sitting or retired made the list, a development that is causing disquiet among judges.

Many on the bench consider the president’s decision not to include one of their own in the committee as a vote of no confidence on the bench.

The president’s decision to exclude members of the bench from such an important committee may not be unconnected to his experience with the judiciary when he challenged three previous elections he contested in 2003, 2007 and 2011, a presidency source familiar with the development said.

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PDP Supports PMB’s Anti-Corruption Move, Warns Against Victimization

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supported the anti-corruption war by President Muhammadu Buhari, noting however, that the war should not be blind to the impunity of the present leaders of the country in terms of borrowing and spending without recourse to the statutory organs of government.

The party also insisted on due process in order to ensure that it is not used as a guise to victimize innocent citizens and curtail the freedom of Nigerians.

The PDP in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the clarification has become necessary to remove any misconception that it is against the decision of the present administration to probe some past officials of government because they are PDP members.

“The PDP supports the decision of the federal government to fight corruption in our country. However, we make bold to state that it should not be used as a guise to victimise innocent citizens”.

“Democracy has come to stay in Nigeria and no citizen, irrespective of political, religious or ethnic affiliation should be denied access to due process and the rule of law in the process.”


Buhari Maps Out Anti- Corruption Strategy, See His Plan

President Muham-madu Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade appears to have taken off in earnest barely a week after assuming office with a stern warning to ministers not to dabble into approving payments for contractors.

The government came boldly yesterday with a clear policy directive asking only the heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs not to abdicate their core functions to ministers who are political appointees but to do their jobs in strict compliance with the policy guidelines of the administration.

The Head of Service of Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Danladi Kifasi, made the new position of the government known at a media briefing in Abuja.

According to the Head of Service of the Federation, the government wants to keep the political class away from issues of finance so that development of our country can be sustained.

He said: “If a minister travels out and payment is due, we cannot afford to wait for the ministers to come back before we pay.”

Findings by Saturday Vanguard revealed that the HoSF was compelled to make the clarifications following a clash between permanent secretaries of major Federal Government ministries and former ministers in the Jonathan government over the payment of contractors.

Saturday Vanguard learnt that most permanent secretaries and directors of accounts in the ministries and MDAs fell out with many of the immediate past ministers following their refusal to pay contractors favoured by them for jobs approved and awarded through the backdoor by the ministers in their last effort to make quick money out of the system.

The clash between a former minister and a serving permanent secretary is said to have degenerated into a near major scandal in one of the major Federal Government ministries in Abuja which deals with land and development of infrastructure.

The minister was reported to have hurriedly approved the award of many contracts for companies said to be close to him and later ordered the permanent secretary to pay the affected contractors, an order, which the civil servant bluntly turned down, thereby entering into the bad books of the former minister.

To reverse the trend as the Buhari government takes off, the HoSF, warned that henceforth, no permanent secretary should allow themselves to be misdirected by any minister in the award and payment for contracts.

Kifasi who cleared what he described as a misconception of political appointees to approve payment for contracts, made it clear that approval of payments for contracts are strictly the jurisdiction of accounting officers or directors of the various ministries.

The Head of Service, who was apparently in support of the refusal of permanent secretaries to pay contractors approved for payment by out-gone ministers, explained that both the Procurement Act and extant government circulars clearly define the roles of the civil servants relating to contract awards and payment.

Kifasi said, “The President has said that his administration will concentrate on policy issues and so we civil servants are re-directing our efforts and minds towards achieving or aligning with the president’s directive.

“Payments are normally approved by the accounting officers. In a parastatal, it is either the managing director or the director-general. In the ministry it is the permanent secretary and not the minster.

“In the procurement process, ministers do not approve either. It is the Ministerial Tenders Board that sits to consider and approve contracts within their approval threshold. If it is beyond the Board, it goes to the Federal Executive Council.

“The only thing a minister does is that he signs the council memo for the procurement that goes to the Federal Executive Council. For the Ministerial Tenders Board which is usually chaired by the Permanent Secretary; the Permanent Secretary sends his report and the minutes of the tenders board to the minister for his concurrence and endorsement. That is their role

“For instance, if ministers were asked to be approving payments, now that there are no ministers will work then stop? So it is actually a misinformation.”

Beyond finance, the HoSF warned civil servants that the warning by President Buhari for them to change their attitude to work should be taken seriously as lateness to work and other acts inimical to the service would not be tolerated any longer.

“Consequently, permanent secretaries, Directors, Chief executives of parastatals and agencies are to take appropriate steps to address this situation. All public servants are to note that measures as enshrined in the Public Service Rules will be enforced on erring officers,” Kifasi warned.