Pre-employment Screening and Occupational Fraud in the Public Sector

By OBAL USANG EDET USANG

Abstract
The cost of occupational fraud in Nigeria is enormous and there is need to do more to stem the tide. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offenses Commission and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission are doing their best at chasing offenders. However, it is better to defend public treasures from being plundered in the first place than trying to recover losses later as most victims in organisations including the public sector never recover all the losses. In order to be on the proactive, basic pre-employment screening should be introduced into the recruitment process in the public sector in addition to other government efforts. This process would help weed out potential fraudsters before they have opportunity to hatch their cruel schemes.
Keywords: Occupational Fraud, Pre-employment Screening, Public Sector, Recruitment.

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