By Sami Zaptia.
London, 10 August 2020:
Libya’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) announced yesterday that it has exposed about 7,000 private sector employers holding a simultaneous state-sector job. Libyan law prohibits state-sector employees from holding dual jobs within or without the sector.
The NACC said the exposure was arrived at after two years of work checking Libya’s National ID Number for duplications in the private sector.
All Libyans, it must be recalled, must provide their National ID Number in order to get a state job, register with the tax department, open a bank account, purchase hard currency at the official exchange rate, obtain a trade licence, obtain a passport, etc.
The NACC said some of these 7,000 names had duality of jobs and/or conflict of interest in all state institutions at all administrative levels.
It said that as a result, it has initiated administrative settlements, summonses, the taking of statements and investigating some of the violators.
It will be recalled that the Ministry of Labour reported last Saturday a total 128,679 officially registered jobseekers for the first 6 months of 2020. In July, it had announced that there are 2.3 million state-sector employees.
Meanwhile, last Saturday, Libya’s internationally recognized prime minister, Faiez Serraj, and Libya’s three main official oversight bodies, the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) , the Audit Bureau, and the NACC, held a meeting in which Serraj stressed his full support of the three bodies to conduct investigations and inspections of all files related to corruption and waste of public funds.
He also stressed that all institutions of the government sector must comply and cooperate with these bodies, stressing the need to establish the principle of transparency and integrity, and the rules of governance.
Serraj also confirmed his full support of the agreement between the three bodies to form a national team to develop a national strategy to combat corruption.
During the meeting it was also agreed to activate the existing, but unused, financial disclosure system for state officials and speed up the adoption of the public sector corporate governance manual.