The Senate has described the report from the Federal Civil Service Commission that it spent N28 million on the renovation of 26 toilet facilities as” ridiculous”.
The Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service chaired by Senator Aloysius Etok, PDP, Akwa Ibom North-West was also told that N18 million was expended to renovate the commission’s offices in 2012 and N25 million went to ITC equipment for the offices.
Disclosing this when she led others to defend the 2013 budget of the Commission, Chairman of FCSC, Deaconess Joan Olatoyosi, informed the commission that over N129 million was approved for the commission to conduct the 2012 interview and promotion of civil servants, adding that N70 million was released by the Federal Government to complement the N59 million earlier released by government to conduct the exercise, just as she explained that this led to the promotion of 1,229 workers out of the 4,034 civil servants interviewed.
The Commission’s Chairman however denied insinuation that staff of the Commission collect N500,000 from any applicant as kickback for employment and challenged anyone with proof to come forward.
Etok while reacting described the commission’s expenditure as a clear case of robbery. According to him, he wondered why the commission could go such extra mile in defrauding government in such manner, adding: “As a chairman of this committee, let me say here that we disagree with this and on this note, we request to meet with all those involved in this contract.
“We, the politicians are the ones that people call thieves; nobody calls you, the civil servants thieves.”