The Nigeria labour congress has expressed worries over service elongation of some civil servants by president Mohammad Buhari
The Secretary of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, Alade Lawal in an interview with newsmen said the extension of tenure of office for civil servants by government affected the morale of workers, whose progression was affected by such action, describing it as anti-civil service rule.
President Muhammadu Buhari recently extended the tenure of his Chief Personal Security Officer, Abdulkarim Dauda, by three years.
By the presidential approval, the CPSO, who is Buhari’s nephew and who was due to retire from service on January 1, 2020, will now leave the force on May 13, 2023.
Buhari also extended the tenure of seven retiring permanent secretaries for one year with effect from October 1, 2019.
The President noted that the extension was necessary to ensure stability in the federal civil service.
Alade, however, said dignity and pride of civil service were being eroded each time someone’s stay in office was extended at the detriment of other workers’ career progression.
He said, “The rule says once you are 60 years of age or once you have spent 35 years in service, whichever comes first, you should leave the service.
“But the Federal Government extended service tenure for people. These are their friends. But there are some directors who were hoping to become permanent secretaries if those people had left but you have killed their careers. If you are in the shoes of those directors, what are you going to do?
“It dampens morale. Those affected have been traumatized and marginalized. Imagine someone truncating your career progression because of his relationship with the powers that be. It will also affect other workers along the rank from level 14.”
He added that instead of favoring one worker over others, government should improve on workers’ capacity and condition of service.
He said, “There are instances where workers don’t even have materials to work with. They use their money to buy papers and pen. They use their personal computers to work for government. As far as I am concerned, political office holders don’t come down to the grassroots to understand the problems and challenges of civil servants.”