FG Announces A New Procedure For The Removal Of Heads Of Public Agencies
A new procedure for the sack of heads of public agencies in the country has been announced by the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha.
In a circular issued after the Minister of Power Sale Mamman, announced the removal of Usman Mohammed as managing director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Ministers were informed that they can't unilaterally remove CEOs of agencies.
This is because President Buhari has approved a new disciplinary procedure for Chief Executive Officers of government parastatals, agencies and departments following the Public Service Rules (PSR)
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The new directive read in part:
“When an act bordering on serious misconduct against a Chief Executive Officer is reported, it shall be the duty of the supervising minister through the permanent secretary to refer the matter to the governing board for necessary action in line with the relevant provisions of the Establishment Act and the principles guiding Chapters 3 and 16 of the Public Service Rules;
“The board shall in line with due process, issue him/her a query requesting an explanation with respect to the specific act(s) complained about; the board shall forward its findings and recommendations to the minister for further consideration and necessary action.
“This procedure shall serve as a mandatory guide and all ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and any other public officer in similar supervisory position, are enjoined to strictly abide by its content.
“For emphasis, on no account shall a Minister of the Federal Republic unilaterally or arbitrarily remove a serving Chief Executive Officer, without recourse to the procedure contained in this Circular.”
Based on this and moving forward all Ministers are now directed to refer erring heads of agencies to the governing board for necessary disciplinary action.