August 2, 2009

Review age of civil servants – Aliero

…to sanction officer over procurement process

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA – Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Senator Muhammad Adamu Aliero has said if Nigeria must adequately tap from the experience of aged Civil Servants, thereby improve on service delivering, there was the urgent need for President Umaru Yar’Adua to review upward the retirement age for Civil Servants in the country.

Speaking in Abuja weekend during the retirement reception held by the FCTA in honour of the retiring Permanent Secretary, Dr. Rafiq Ogunbambi, Aliero noted that at 60 years, Dr. Ogunbambi was still looking strong and agile with lots of experiences that would be brought to bear in formulating and implementing the government policies and programmes to the greater benefit of all Nigerians.

According to him, “we have done that in judiciary, we should have it replicated in civil service in order not to allow capable and agile hands just go like that, while their services is still desirous”.

Also  disturbed  by what he described as sluggish and lacklustre implementation of the procurement process, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Senator Muhammad Adamu Aliero has given August 6, 2009 as deadline for all Secretariats, Department and Agencies (SDA) to communicate the result of evaluation of bids to him or face the full wrath of the law.

According to him, all the SDAs must conclude the evaluation of bids that have been opened on or before the 5th of August, 2009.

The Minister who ordered that all SDAs must conduct their own procurement including the opening of bid, assessment and evaluation of bids, said it was unacceptable that bids opened six weeks ago and in the month of August, no evaluation report, just as he stressed that those involved have no reason not to implement it when the budget was out in March.