HoS Ki­fasi pro­ceeds on ter­mi­nal leave

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

The Head of the Civil Ser­vice of the Fed­er­a­tion (HOCSF), Mr. Dan­ladi Ki­fasi, is to pro­ceed on ter­mi­nal leave two months to his retirement.

Asked to con­firm the mat­ter, the Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Pres­i­dent on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Mr Femi Adesina, sim­ply told our cor­re­spon­dent on tele­phone that “The truth of the mat­ter is that the Head of the Civil Ser­vice of the Fed­er­a­tion, Mr Dan­ladi Ki­fasi, is due for retirement in De­cem­ber.”

Mr Ki­fasi, a char­tered ac­coun­tant and lawyer from Taraba State, was born on Jan­uary 1, 1956 and will have at­tained the manda­tory 60 years’ retirement age on Jan­uary 1, 2016.

But a source in the Pres­i­dency said the de­ci­sion to pro­ceed on the leave might not be un­con­nected to Pres­i­dent Buhari’s prom­ise to “bal­ance” his ap­point­ments.

Buhari had on Au­gust 28, through his spokesman Adesina, said he would soon bal­ance his po­lit­i­cal ap­point­ments. Adesina then fea­tur­ing on a Ray Power 100.5FM ra­dio pro­gramme, “Po­lit­i­cal Plat­form” was re­act­ing to crit­i­cisms that the ap­point­ments on Au­gust 27 of the Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion, the Chief of Staff as well as the ComptrollerGen­er­als of the Nige­ria Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice and the Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice were skewed in favour of the north.

The source yes­ter­day said: “Mr Pres­i­dent is a very sen­si­tive per­son­al­ity and he is aware that peo­ple are al­ready ac­cus­ing him of favour­ing the north-east geo-po­lit­i­cal zone in some of his ap­point­ments. And in­ci­den­tally, Ki­fasi, just like the cur­rent SGF, is also from the north-east. But don’t for­get Mr Pres­i­dent in­her­ited Ki­fasi from Jonathan’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

The source, who pleaded anonymity be­cause he was not au­tho­rised to speak on the mat­ter, also hinted that Pres­i­dent Buhari was con­sid­er­ing some per­ma­nent sec­re­taries from the south­ern part of the coun­try as Ki­fasi’s re­place­ment.

Buhari’s spokesman, Adesina, how­ever, told our cor­re­spon­dent that he could not con­firm whether the pres­i­dent was con­sid­er­ing a re­place­ment from any par­tic­u­lar geo-po­lit­i­cal zone yet.

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