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Government fights extension of tenure, appointments

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By Victor Young

ABUJA – The Nigerian Civil Servants Association, ASCSN, has taken up arms against the Federal Government for irregular appointments and lengthening the tenure of Permanent Secretaries and Directors in the civil service.

In a farewell address at the fourth quadrennial ASCSN delegate conference, outgoing association president Bobboi Kiagama, among others, noted that “it is discouraging to note that over the years, there has been an increase in irregular appointments in the Federal Public Service. ” .

“You will remember that recruitment into the Service has always been guided by Public Service Rules (PSR) 020201-020412. Specific guidelines to follow are documented and not made open.

“Unfortunately, we still have cases of irregular appointments / recruitments in the Federal Public Service, including indiscriminate transfers of people from the state public services and from the private sector to the Federal Service regardless of qualifications, years of experience and hierarchy.”

“It is so bad that some officers who are appointed to these positions without the required qualifications are placed above their superiors. This has negatively demoralized officers who have been forced to inform their juniors at school and has had a negative impact on productivity.

“We demand that all appointments / recruits in the Federal Public Service be made in accordance with the Service Scheme, the Federal Civil Service Commission Guidelines on Appointment, Promotion and Discipline, Public Service Rules and Establishment Circulars.

“This will guarantee fairness, equity and justice, in addition to restoring sanity in the system.”

Continuing, Kiagama recalled that “in 2009, the Federal Government introduced a tenure policy for secretaries and permanent directors.

“The government approved a two-year four-year term for permanent secretaries and a single eight-year term for directors in the federal public service.

“The raison d’être of politics was to seek ways to address the imbalance of the age profile in the civil service, which had created an unusual situation in which deputy directors and deputy directors retired before their directors and permanent secretaries, some of which entered the service illegally at younger ages.

“This is because such distortion of recognized standard profiles of age versus grade levels not only mocks training, deployment and other resource management processes, but augurs serious consequences for the future of the civil service” .

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