Buhari Scraps Yar’Adua Tenure Limits For Permanent Secretaries, Directors

Buhari Scraps Yar’Adua Tenure Limits For Permanent Secretaries, Directors

By Doyin Ajayi | Sub-Editor on June 21, 2016
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Federal Civil Service
File: President Muhammadu Buhari (r) congratulates Mr. Winifred Eyo-Ita after her swearing in as head of the federal civil service of the at the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, Abuja on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 | NAN Photo

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the suspension of the tenure policy in the federal civil service with immediate effect.

The federal civil service tenure policy was introduced by former head of civil service of the federation, Steve Oronsaye, during the administration of late President Musa Yar’Adua.

It prescribed two terms of four years each for permanent secretaries and a single eight-year tenure for directors.

The tenure policy also affected top level officers in federal ministries, departments, and agencies.

According to a statement issued on Monday, June 20, 2016 by the director of communication in the office of the head of civil service of the federation, Haruna Imrana, the directive has been communicated in a circular to all federal government ministries, departments, and agencies.

The circular was signed by the head of civil service of the federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita.

“The suspension is with immediate effect and all concerned are to comply accordingly,” Imrana said.

“This means that permanent secretaries and directors can now stay in the civil service until they are 35 years in the service or until they are 60 years in age,” the statement said.

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