By Kingsley Omonobi
Abuja—The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has faulted the sacking of 95 workers in March, 2017, by Police Service Commission, PSC, and directed that the workers be recalled.
The Head of Service said the commission should have complied with the court judgment which asked it to regularize the appointment of the workers since it did not appeal against the court order.
In a letter addressed to chairman of the commission, Sir Mike Okiro, Oyo-Ita directed the commission to recall the 95 workers to avoid actions that might embarrass the government through court execution against government properties, accounts or officials.
The directive to Okiro, dated June 1, 2017 with reference number, HCSF/LU/CORR/SGF/833/III, was signed by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, on behalf of the Head of Service.
The letter read: “The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation advised that where there are no appeals against valid judgments of courts, efforts should be made to ensure compliance to avoid embarrassment to government, arising from the enforcement of same by ways of execution against government properties, accounts of MDAs and committal proceedings against government functionaries.”
The directive was in response to a letter by Femi Falana law chambers to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, which threatened to obtain damages against the government for flouting a court order in respect of the sacked workers.