By Emma Ovuakporie

ABUJA—About 50,000 federal workers may be retrenched from service  in the next three months in line with the on-going reform in the Federal Civil Service.

A source close to the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation revealed that machinery to achieve this purpose has been put in motion to collate the names of the workers that would be eventually laid off.

Those most likely to be purged, according to the source, are the workers in the executive cadre, which is made up of staff on level 17 and above and those who entered the service with Higher National Diploma, HND, who don’t get promoted beyond level 14.

To perfect the plan, Stephen Orosanye, the HOS, has issued a circular to compile the data of the affected staff.

The HOS in the circular titled “Repositioning the executive officer cadre in the federal service” and signed by M. Zakari stated that “the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has appointed a committee to advise him on how to deal with the multi-farious problems associated with the executive officer cadre in line with on-going reform of the federal civil service.”

The circular which has caused panic among the affected staff also stated that “the exercise will require ministries, departments and agencies to provide information on executive officers to the committee on the bio-data of all categories of executive officers in all MDAs in the template attached herewith; the number of executive officers needed in each MDA according to a given format.”

The source explained that the exercise was meant to totally  reduce the number of diploma holders either National Diploma, ND, or Higher National Diploma, HND, in the civil service, explaining that government is planning to engage them in post service training that will help them get integrated into the business after service.

It would be recalled that some directors and permanent secretaries were hurriedly eased out of office early this year following the eight year office tenure policy by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

Analysts however viewed the exercise, if carried out would not be burden on the Federal Government expenditure in the payment of the severance package but would further plunge down the economy which is already crumbled. This is even when the government is still battling with the payment of the backlog of the severance package and pension arrears of about 30,000 workers affected in the right sizing exercise of the Obasanjo administration.

When contacted on the development, Tope Ajakaye, the Head of Service Chief Press Secretary refuted the claim, saying that there is no need to read personal interpretation into the circular.

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