HEAD OF SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION ACCUSED OF DELIBERATELY REFUSING TO DEPLOY 35 STAFF EMPLOYED SINCE 2016

File copy: Members of the House of Representatives during plenary

The House of Representatives, on Thursday, accused the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, of refusing to deploy 35 persons whose appointments have already been approved by the Federal Civil Service Commission since 2016.

A member of the House, Sani Bala, had made the allegation in a motion that was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers.

The motion was titled ‘Need to Investigate the Refusal of the Head of Service of the Federation to Post 35 Candidates Employed by the Federal Civil Service Commission.’

Moving the motion, Bala recalled that the Federal Civil Service Commission advertised vacancies for employment into various ministries, departments and agencies in national dailies on Monday, September 19, 2016.

The lawmaker said upon completion of the selection and recruitment process, the successful applicants from across the six geopolitical zones were issued letters of appointments.

He said in compliance with administrative procedures, the Bureau of Public Procurement, which was among the establishments that vacancies were declared, the candidates were duly recruited as procurement officers;

Bala said, “The House notes that between 3 and 7 September 2018, the Bureau of Public Procurement expended public funds to conduct an induction training programme for the recruited Procurement Officers.

“The House is concerned that rather than absorb all the inducted and trained recruited officers, the Bureau of Public Procurement selected a few among them for posting and rejected 35 persons, who were subsequently sent to the Head of Service for reposting to other ministries and establishments.

“The House is also concerned that due to their rejection by the Bureau, the Federal Civil Service Commission, through its Department of Recruitment, secured a waiver for change of cadre for the 35 persons, from procurement cadre to other cadres. However, since 2018, the affected persons have been left in limbo without communication.”

According to the lawmaker, other persons recruited along with the 35 affected persons have since undergone various stages of career development, including confirmation in the civil service and promotions to the next grade levels.

“The House is disturbed that the issuance of appointment letters to this group of persons signifies a contract which is currently being negated and represents grave injustices to the affected persons including their career developments,” Bala stated.

Consequently, the House “call on the Head of Service of the Federation to cause the immediate posting of the 35 affected persons for the assumption of duty, while also ensuring that their years of service are regularised and reconciled notionally with others who were employed on the same date and grade levels.”

The House further mandated its Committee on Public Service Matters to “investigate the matter and ensure compliance.”

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