Civil service in Nigeria is believed to be the safest place to steal funds and go unnoticed.

But a very few are too honest to take advantage of loopholes.

“I am an accountant and it is against my professional ethics to take money that does not belong to me.

“I also did it as a mark of my stewardship to the government of Engineer David Nweze Umahi for what he is doing for Ebonyi people”, says David Nweke.

David Nweke, a level 16 civil servant is an accountant in the Ebonyi State Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB).

He discovered that an excess of twenty million naira was paid through the account of the Board and decided to refund it to the state government on the ground of what he described as 'professional conduct’.

According to him, it would be risky and unprofessional for any accountant employed anywhere in the world to be linked to financial scam, adding that they are expected to live by example.

Earlier in a briefing, Commissioner For Information and State Orientation, Senator Emmanuel Onwe disclosed that the Chairman of Executive Council Members, Governor David Umahi had approved the recognition of David Nweke.

“One David Nweke, a staff from the Universal Basic Education Board, UBEB, has been recommended for recognition. UBEB made payment of excess of N20 million, and the payment was made through him and he detected it.

“Council said he should be promoted by one grade level and an official car made available to him,” Onwe stated.

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Meanwhile, Ebonyi State has announced the suspension of the Commissiner For Solid Minerals and Natural Resources, Engineer Francis Orji.

He said Orji’s suspension was hinged on actions capable of bringing embarrassment to the state government.

According to Onwe, the Deputy Principal Secretary to the state government, Emmanuel Obasi would act for the next thirty days.


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