From left: National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita; Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari; Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Habiba Muda-Lawal; and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Federal Executive Council Meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.  Photo: Callistus Ewelike/BJO/NAN/file

By Victor Ernest

The Federal Government has decried what it calls indiscriminate clandestine recruitment in federal ministries, department and agencies (MDAs).

Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Dr. Habiba Lawal, sent a circular to the Chief of staff to the President, National Assembly, service chiefs, heads of ministries and agencies amongst others, to warn them against this trend.

This was made known in a memo issued by the SGF titled: ”Streamlining procedures for recruitment into federal agencies.”

Lawal lamented that the discriminant recruitment without following due process has unjustly heightened the payroll of the Federal Government.

She stated that if the practice continues, government could end up owing workers.

Streamlining the process

To contain the trend, the acting SGF said that government had decided to streamline the process and procedures for recruitment and appointment into the public service in conformity with certain guidelines.

She listed the guidelines to include: adherence to manpower budget for proposed recruitment; obtaining of waiver to recruit from the office of the Head of Service of the Federation; appropriate budgetary provisions to accommodate the proposed recruitment and letter of clearance from the director general of the budget office of the federation to confirm budgetary provision for the proposed recruitment.

Others are: approval of Federal Character Commission for the distribution of vacancies for the proposed recruitment to ensure equitable distribution of vacancies among the states; obtaining certificate of clearance for the Federal Character Commission for the recruitment; representation of the Federal Civil Service Commission as observers in the recruitment process in the ministries, representatives of the office of the head of service of the federation in other to ensure compliance with extant rules and provision of recruitment.

”The implementation of the provisions of the circular takes immediate effect. Please bring the contents of this circular to the attention of all staff and ensure strict compliance,” she added.


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Victor Ernest is a journalist with a knack for digging up the hottest news as they break. He’s also a poet, teacher, MC, and a blogger. Victor is a reporter at Concise News.


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