Head of service (HoS) of the federation Folasade Yemi-Esan has debunked reports that she extorted N23 million from 92 applicants seeking to become permanent secretaries in various federal ministries.
Some online news outlets reported that Yemi-Esan collected the sum of N250,000 from the applicants for a one-week training programme that was held from October 23 to 28.
The programme was organised by the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN).
Reacting to the claims, director of communications in the office of the HoS, M. A. Ahmed, said the training of civil servants was not the mandate of the service.
“It is imperative to state here that the course fee was not determined by the OHCSF nor is it paid into the Office‘s account,” Ahmed said.
“Training and retraining of Civil Servants is the core mandate of PSIN and the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) and as such, monies for such are paid directly into the aforementioned training institutions’ NUBAN account, linked to the Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA).
“For the avoidance of doubt and the records, the process for the selection of Federal Permanent Secretaries is segmented, rigorous and transparent.”
The director said the training was optional, adding that the publishers of the reports should retract them and apologise or face defamation suits.