– Reports claiming that there were some fraudulent practices in the payment of allowances to officers of the ministry of foreign affairs have been dismissed
– Tope Elias-Fatile, the ministry’s spokesman, said that due processes were followed in the payment of the said allowances – He further said that only 59 officers sat for the promotion examinations and not 129 officers as allegedly reported, adding that the operatives were paid in naira and not in dollars The ministry of foreign affairs has denied reports of alleged fraud in the payment of estacode allowances of officers who travelled to supervise the 2018 Promotion Examinations for officers and diplomats abroad, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The ministry’s spokesperson, Tope Elias-Fatile said the report was false and misleading. Concerning the development, Elias-Fatile said: ”The report of any fraud in the payment of estacode as it relates to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is absolutely false and should be disregarded.” He said contrary to the report, the estacode allowances of all the officers who travelled to supervise the 2018 Promotion Examinations in the four centres abroad in Kenya, London, New York and New Delhi were paid directly into their accounts upon their return from the exercise. He further said: ”Besides, the payments were made in naira not in dollars as alleged. It is incorrect that over 100 officers of the ministry travelled to supervise the examination exercise. Only 36 officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs travelled for the supervision.
”Also, it is only 59 officers that sat for the promotion examinations and not 129 officers as allegedly reported.” According to him, the conduct of promotion examinations for officers and Nigerian diplomats abroad is statutory and the ministry is in charge of the supervision of officers on grade levels seven to 14. ”The Federal Civil Service Commission conducts and supervises examinations for all directorate level officers,” he insisted. He said contrary to the report, the ministry followed all due processes in the payment of estacode to all officers involved and all the supervising officers travelled to the various centres to supervise the examinations, as approved.