The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has threatened to shut down public services in the country at the expiration of 3- week ultimatum due to the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Ahmed Idris refusal to proceed on retirement as stipulate by law.
National President of the Association, Comrade Bola Audu Innocent told Journalists that the workers has written to the Head of Service of the Federation, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and copied Chief of Staff to the president, Minister of Finance who is the supervising Minister, Inspector General of Police and the Director of DSS to brief them on their plans.
According to Comrade Bola Audu the AGF ought to have retired but wander why he still sneak to the office, mostly in the evenings.
“We understand he still comes to the office, mostly in the evenings. He was there on Wednesday and even yesterday. We are given him 3- week which is in accordance with the ILO standard to vacate that office.
” The strike would be beyond him, if he fails to leave the office . We are going to shut down the public services in the country” says Audu.
Meanwhile a statement by the general Secretary of the Association, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal said the workers will continue to occupy the office till he vacate the premises.
The Union posited that the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, turned 60 years on 25th November 2020 and should have vacated office on that day but he had been boasting to those who cared to listen that he was going nowhere because he was close to Mr President who facilitated his promotion to that office and as such he could not be subjected to guidelines on retirement in the Civil Service.
According to the ASCSN, Public Service Rule (PSR) 020810 states clearly that: “The compulsory retirement age for all grades in the Service shall be 60 years or 35 years of pensionable service whichever is earlier”
“No Officer shall be allowed to remain in service after attaining the retirement age of 60 years or 35 years of pensionable service whichever is earlier”
The ASCSN regretted that in spite of the very clear provision on retirement in the Civil Service, some Heads of Agencies continued to sit tight in their offices refusing to exit the service on the spurious ground that they had link with Mr President and consequently could not be subjected to Public Service Rules. It added that those parading themselves as President’s men might just be name-droppers as President Buhari, a disciplined General, could not be encouraging impunity of any form.
“This negative report from the end of Alhaji Idris is particularly painful and disturbing because the post of Accountant-General of the Federation is a career one and it is strictly guided by the provisions of the Public Service Rule 020810.
“Moreover, there are about 200 qualified Directors in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation with requisite educational qualifications and vast experience to occupy that exalted office as stipulated in section 86 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended,” the Union emphasized.
According to the ASCSN, the 1999 Constitution as amended empowered the Civil Service to make its own Rules and that led to the formulation of the Public Service Rules, Financial Regulations, Federal Civil Service Commission Guidelines on Appointment, Promotion and Discipline in the service all of which are inseparable components of Public Service regulations designed to enhance efficient and effective service delivery to the citizens.