President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday approved the immediate deployment of 22 top directors from the Budget Office. He had last month stated that all those involved in the “padding” of the 2016 National Budget will face the most severe punishment.
Although authorities said the redeployment is part of a service-wide posting involving about 184 senior staff in various ministries, departments and agencies, in the federal civil service. Reports show the 22 officials redeployed less than a month after the President sacked the then Director-General of the Budget Office, Yahaya Gusau, and immediately replaced him with the incumbent, Tijjani Abdullahi.
Mr. Gusau was sacked February 15, following the widespread irregularities detected in the 2016 budget presently under consideration by the National Assembly.
Other government officials who were affected include four directors, six deputy directors and 12 assistant directors in the organization, the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation announced.
The President had assured members of the Nigerian community that his administration was working diligently to fulfill its campaign promises, particularly on security, unemployment, and corruption.
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