The Federal Ministry of Education has been caught in the act of collecting bribe before passing staff who wrote promotional examinations into the grade 14 level, Media Advocacy West Africa Foundation (MAWA – Foundation) has learned.
Mrs. Lawan, who prefers only her first name mentioned, a staff of the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja while speaking to MAWA Foundation, narrated how she was asked to pay the sum of N650k bribe before she can pass her promotion exam and be promoted to Grade Level 14.
Lawan explained that after three unsuccessful attempts she thought her performances were very poor and decided to find out from her colleagues what the problem was and how they have become successful leaving her behind.
She disclosed that it was during the process that one of her colleagues told her they paid the sum of N560K while others slept with some Directors of Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) Commissioners before they could pass the examination and were promoted to Grade Level 14.
Lawan told MAWA Foundation that she has since been advised to approach her state Federal Commissioner for an assistant or take the option of paying the sum of N650k or sleeping with the Directors.
She, however, said she has since been told not to waste her time preparing for any promotion exams if she is not ready to pay the sum of N650k bribe or sleep with the Directors.
Lawan who said she has spent over 26 years in the service, said she cannot afford to give out N650k or sleep with Directors to pass her promotion examination.
She has since appealed to the government and the civil service commission to uphold the ethics of merits in carrying out promotions.
When MAWA Foundation sought the Ministry of Education explanation, the ministry declined to comment on the issue and did not respond to message sent to them.