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Civil service: Labour decries FG’s refusal to restore tenure policy

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

LAGOS—THE Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, has faulted the Federal Government’s reported  refusal to restore the single four-year tenure for Permanent Secretary and two-term of four years (eight years) tenure for Directors in the Federal Civil Service.

In a  statement in Lagos yesterday, ASCSN President, Bobboi Bala Kaigama, and the Secretary-General, Alade Bashir Lawal, described as unfortunate and insensitive the alleged Government’s decision not to withdraw the provocative circular.

“We are shocked that despite public outcry against the abolition of tenure policy in the Federal Civil Service, the Government has vowed never to reverse its decision on the issue.

”This is very unfortunate and portrays the government as being insensitive to the plight of thousands of civil servants and other stakeholders who have continued to urge it to rescind its decision on the matter in the interest of the Public Service,” the union regretted.

ASCSN warned that if the decision to abolish the tenure system was designed to import all manner of persons from other services including the private sector into the federal civil service to dislodge senior civil servants who had served the nation meritoriously for two to three decades, the Government would have organised labour to contend with because the labour would deploy all the tactics in their arsenal to resist the execution of the plot.



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