By Favour Nnabugwu
ABUJA—The Federal Government has redeployed the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Aviation, Alhaji Mohammed Abbas to the Economic Affairs Office for proceeding on leave without authorization. This was disclosed, yesterday, by the Head of Service of the Federation, Mr Danladi Kifasi.
Kifasi, who was apparently displeased with media reports (not Vanguard) about the redeployment of Abbas, said in Abuja, yesterday, that the reason given for the redeployment was unfounded.
He said: “In order to put facts right, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation wishes to state categorically that the redeployment of the Permanent Secretary was due to the fact that he proceeded on leave without due authorization.
“Permanent secretaries are aware that the procedure for being granted leave involves having both the consent of the Minister and approval of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. It was unfortunate that Alhaji Abbas did not follow this process before commencing his leave.
“It should also be put on record that all top public servants are aware of the need to be on their seats during the course of the transition programme. It was, therefore, not expected that a Permanent Secretary, who oversees such a strategic sector in the public service, would choose to be on leave at this sensitive period.
“The Head of the Service of the Federation wishes to emphasize that discipline in the Service is of utmost importance and civil servants no matter how highly placed, must adhere strictly to the rules and regulations of the Service”.