Permsecs: Panel sub­mits 59 names to Os­in­bajo As pres­sure mounts for can­cel­la­tion

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Hamza Idris & Ab­bas Ji­moh

The names of 59 di­rec­tors have been sent to Act­ing Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo from which he will ap­point 20 as per­ma­nent sec­re­taries, Daily Trust has learnt.

Those to be ap­pointed will re­place 20 per­ma­nent sec­re­taries whose ser­vice ca­reer has come to an end. Each per­ma­nent sec­re­tary rep­re­sents a state.

Over 300 di­rec­tors from 19 states and the FCT had vied for the po­si­tions but ma­jor­ity of them were elim­i­nated through se­ries of ex­am­i­na­tions and tests con­ducted re­cently.

The 59 di­rec­tors whose names were for­warded to the act­ing pres­i­dent were those who ap­peared be­fore a Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee for the last stage of the ex­er­cise.

Sources said the com­mit­tee was ex­pected to make the fi­nal se­lec­tion and for­ward the names of the 20 suc­cess­ful can­di­dates to the There are

Pres­i­dency. “But it has now left that task to the act­ing pres­i­dent,” the source said.

One other source said: “None of the 20 states has more than three names in the fi­nal list and they were ar­ranged in or­der of per­for­mance in the three dif­fer­ent stages of the screen­ing; the best per­form­ing di­rec­tor is first on the list, fol­lowed by the sec­ond and the third. There are some states with just one or two names.”

“It is ex­pected that one name would be picked from each of the states, no states would have more than one and no­body from a dif­fer­ent state would be­come a per­ma­nent sec­re­tary to rep­re­sent a dif­fer­ent state,” he said.

How­ever, lat­est re­port said there was in­creased pres­sure from some “vested in­ter­ests” at the Pres­i­dency and the Na­tional Assem­bly for the whole process to be can­celled.

It was learnt that the “vested in­ter­ests” were not happy that their “pre­ferred can­di­dates” did not sail through the se­lec­tion process.

A dif­fer­ent source said Os­in­bajo is be­ing pres­sured by “some pow­ers from within and with­out to can­cel ev­ery­thing, sim­ply be­cause they were not al­lowed to pave the way for their can­di­dates to make the fi­nal list.

“Any di­rec­tor that missed this op­por­tu­nity may not likely be­come a per­ma­nent sec­re­tary in his life time; that’s why some god-fa­thers are now whip­ping up sen­ti­ments; dis­cred­it­ing the whole process in the eye of the act­ing pres­i­dent even be­fore the list was taken to him.

“The pres­sure is much, and un­less Pres­i­dent Buhari asks him to re­lease the names, the act­ing pres­i­dent might not act on what was taken to him un­til Buhari re­turns from his med­i­cal va­ca­tion to an­nounce the names,” he said.

The 16-mem­ber Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee, which con­ducted the last se­lec­tion,was headed by the Head of the Civil Ser­vice of the Fed­er­a­tion, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita.

The com­mit­tee also had three of her pre­de­ces­sors as well as some serv­ing and re­tired per­ma­nent sec­re­taries and two rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the pri­vate sec­tor as mem­bers.

Seventy eight fed­eral di­rec­tors from min­istries, depart­ment and agen­cies of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment (MDAs) passed the first writ­ten ex­am­i­na­tion held about two weeks ago, dur­ing which 222 were dropped.

Fifty-nine out of 78 passed the sec­ond level of the screen­ing tagged ‘In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) As­sess­ment Test,’ held at the Dig­i­tal Bridge In­sti­tute (DBI), in Utako, Abuja.

It was the fifty nine di­rec­tors that ap­peared for the third and fi­nal level of ‘Oral In­ter­view/ In­ter­ac­tive Ses­sion,’ and were graded based on per­for­mance and the list submitted to Os­in­bajo.

Daily Trust re­ports that cri­sis over the screen­ing height­ened when the Se­nate man­dated its com­mit­tee on Es­tab­lish­ment and Pub­lic Ser­vice to probe the ex­er­cise, af­ter a point of or­der was raised by Se­na­tor Philip Aduda (PDP, FCT), on the al­leged ex­clu­sion of three di­rec­tors who sat for the ex­am­i­na­tion from his con­stituency.

It was learnt that none of FCT di­rec­tors who sat for the ex­am­i­na­tion made the list.

Cit­ing an ex­clu­sive re­port in Daily Trust on the ex­am­i­na­tion, Aduda said the three di­rec­tors sat for the ex­am­i­na­tion along­side their col­leagues but that their names were omit­ted.

Two of­fi­cials who spoke on the de­vel­op­ment said the FCT of­fi­cials were not omit­ted but failed to meet the cri­te­ria or score above av­er­age af­ter their first phase of the ex­ams on “Rel­e­vant Pub­lic Ser­vice and Pol­icy Is­sues” held at the Na­tional De­fence Col­lege (NDC) Au­di­to­rium, Abuja.

Another of­fi­cial said the process was opened and trans­par­ent, such that ap­pli­cants al­ready knew their per­for­mance and scores, es­pe­cially af­ter the sec­ond phase CBT test.

“Un­like other states rep­re­sented in the fi­nal short­list, the FCT is­sue may be re­viewed by low­er­ing the stan­dard for deputy di­rec­tors to ap­ply since those (FCT di­rec­tors) dis­qual­i­fied dur­ing the ex­er­cise can­not re-ap­ply for now,” he said.

The change in pol­icy for the fed­eral per­ma­nent Sec­re­taries to write ex­am­i­na­tions was said to be part of the res­o­lu­tions of the Na­tional Coun­cil on Es­tab­lish­ment (NEC) held July 2016 in Minna, Niger State.

Pres­i­dent Buhari in 2015 said per­ma­nent sec­re­taries would be ap­pointed based on se­nior­ity and com­pe­tence, a de­par­ture from an earlier pol­icy in­tro­duced by late Pres­i­dent Umaru Yar’adua.

It was gath­ered that af­ter the Minna meet­ing, the of­fice of the HOS wrote to Buhari, seek­ing his con­sent to re-start the ex­ams. But they re­ceived no re­sponse up till the time Buhari em­barked on his med­i­cal trip.

Another letter was sent to Os­in­bajo who was said to have given the go ahead for the ex­ams to be con­ducted.

The states whose per­ma­nent sec­re­taries are re­tir­ing are Abia, Ak­waIbom, Anam­bra, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Edo, Ek­iti, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto and the FCT.

Photo: NAN.

First batch of the 450 care­fully se­lected Reg­i­ment Per­son­nel on train­ing as Nige­rian Air Force (NAF) Spe­cial Forces dur­ing their in­au­gu­ra­tion at the Reg­i­ment Train­ing Cen­tre in Kaduna.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.