Published On: Tue, Apr 1st, 2014



THE Federal Government may resolve to force out over 1000 civil servants who have stayed beyond their retirement period in the federal civil service.
Head of Service of the Federation, Alhaji Goni Aji, made this known while speaking at a lecture organised by the Federal Civil Service Commission, (FCSC), to commemorate its 60th anniversary.

Goni Aji further stated that most of those who would be retired were personnel who were supposed to have been retired long time ago, adding that they were exposed by the deployment of the new integrated payroll system.

According to him, the retirement of this category of personnel would create room for the promotion of many serving officers who had been denied upward mobility.

He further expressed satisfaction over the synergy that exists between his office and the FCSC.

Vice-President Namadi Sambo, in his remark on the occasion, said that President Goodluck Jonathan had  ensured that the Federal Civil Service Commission enjoyed freedom to perform its major functions of recruitment, promotion and discipline of federal civil servants in the country.

Represented by the Minister of National Planning, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, Sambo, who gave insight into the workings of the present administration, said that President Jonathan had already adopted performance indicators for all federal  ministries in the country as part of the government’s transformation agenda.

He further hailed the federal civil service for playing a significant role in the merging of various autonomous communities and groups into modern Nigeria.

He, however, said that the civil service had faced challenges which were well known to Nigerians over the years.

Sambo identified one of these challenges as the civil service’s inability to find a solution to the financial anomalies which existed within the system.

In her own remarks earlier on, the chairperson of FCSC, Joan Ayo, said that the fact that the federal civil service came into existence before Nigeria’s independence underscored the indispensability of the institution.

She maintained that the civil service had survived despite the challenges it had passed through due to its adherence to its core values. She identified these values as merit, impartiality and political neutrality. Others include accountability, transparency and integrity.

Speaking on the occasion, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Mr Linus Awute, said that the policy of separating the management of the civil service from political control had ensured national  stability over the years, adding that the public service remained an asset because it outlives every government.

He maintained that the civil service must always focus on its major functions and resist political interference.

In his lecture on the occasion, a former Chairman of FCSC, Alhaji  Adamu Fika, said the Civil Service Commission and its contemporaries enjoyed more independence in the past.

He cited the example of how it was the responsibility of the Police Service Commission to appoint the Inspector-General of Police in consultation with the Prime Minister during the first republic.

Among dignitaries who attended the occasion were the first indigenous Chairman of FCSC, Alhaji Sule Katagun, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Alhaji Alhaji and Philip Asiodu.


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