Lyric BAHM, Abuja
THE INDEPENDENT Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission [ICPC], has launched discrete investigation into allegations of certificate forgery, falsification of employment records and earning unmerited salaries leveled against a permanent secretary in the Federal Civil Service.
Dependable sources at the ICPC disclosed that the investigation was launched following a highly-worded petition dated February 5, 2020 from a group which identified itself as “Concerned Public Servants” and alleged that the federal permanent secretary has overstayed in government by making illegal changes in his employment records.
The official, who currently serves in the ministry, has allegedly worked for several years, far beyond the retirement age of public servants, with forged academic documents and falsifying the dates of birth and engagement under the protection of a powerful godfather who purportedly shielded him from prosecution over the years.
The petition which was addressed to the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye and signed by a spokesman of the group, Alhaji Umaru Ahmed, alleged that Edet Sunday Akpan started working as a state civil servant through a political appointment.
He allegedly transferred his service to the Federal Government in 1999 after rising to the rank of Commissioner for Finance and Industry in Akwa Ibom State.
Records obtained by our reporter showed that the official rose in the Federal Civil Service as at 2013 to the rank of director and was later promoted to the rank of Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals despite the alleged inconsistencies and missing links in his allegedly forged academic credentials.
For example, the civil servant claims to possess a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Calabar, a Master’s of Science Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Lagos and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Ibadan among other qualifications.
However, among the array of documents he allegedly tendered for employment and promotions, certificates relating to his graduation in the lower academic cadre especially the primary and secondary school grades were conspicuously missing although he claimed to have attended Qua Iboc Science Secondary School, [Etinam Institute] from 1965 to 1970, College of Education, Nicvel and the University of Lagos Akoka from where he allegedly obtained a Bachelor of Science degree between 1977 and 1980.
There has been series of complaints against the Permanent Secretary over the alleged discrepancies in his academic qualifications, the alleged variations in his date of birth and the date of commencing employment as an employee of the Federal Civil Service Commission from concerned citizens who expressed apprehension that a public servant has been allowed not only to work with alleged fake documents but has supposedly prolonged his stay in office illegally by the corrupt changing of appropria
Visits made by our correspondent and phone calls through the Permanent Secretary’s personal number 0908885544, to enable him throw some light on the allegations leveled against him were ignored and text messages dispatched to him seeking audience or a public response to the allegations were equally rebuffed.