Niger state house of Assembly yesterday (Wednesday) asked the Secretary to the State Government, Ibrahim Ladan and the Attorney General, Nasara Dan Mallam, to appear before it over tenure elongation for the Head of Service.
The two government officials have been summoned to explain the rationale behind the governor’s decision to extend the appointment of the Head of Service despite attaining the retirement age of 60 years.
Nigerwatch reports that the Head of Service, Alhaji Yabagi Sule, was due for retirement on January 15, 2019 having attained the age of 60 years but had his appointment extended to May 29, 2019 by the governor.
The House passed the resolution following a motion moved under matters of urgent importance by Ahmad Bello, member representing Agwarra.
“Section 208 subsection (3) of the 1999 constitution provides that the appointment to the office of Head of Service shall only be made from amongst the permanent secretaries or equivalent rank in the civil service.
“All civil servants of whom the Head of Service is one are guided by the civil service rules.
“Section 8 rule 02807 (b) of civil service rules of Niger state provides that the compulsory retirement age for all grades in the civil service shall be 60 years or 35 years of service whichever is earlier,” he added
In his submission, Malik Madaki, member representing Bosso said he could not find any section of the constitution that backs the governor’s action.
Adding his voice to the issue, member representing Gbako, Abdullahi Mammagi, noted that extending Sule’s tenure could lead to a crisis in the civil service.
“What this means is that the Head of Service would no longer have the moral right to ask any civil servant to go on retirement because a precedent has been set.
“A civil servant could refuse to go on retirement tomorrow because of things like this.
“We’ve had fantastic Heads of Service in the past but when it was time for them to go, they left without any problem,” he added
The House thereafter unanimously resolved that the SSG and AG appear before it in plenary on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 to provide explanations.
In a related development, the House passed into law a bill to provide for continuity and completion of projects started by preceding administration in the state.