Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Cabinet delay doesn’t mean Nigeria is grounded, says FG

The Federal Government has assured Nigerians that the country is not at a standstill because President Muhammadu Buhari has not been able to constitute his cabinet, five days after inauguration.

Obviously reacting to the seeming lack of commitment to work ethics by civil servants, the government also read the riot act, warning them against any breach of Civil Service rules and regulations.

Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Danladi Kifasi, who stated these on Wednesday in Abuja, particularly warned civil servants against absence from work as well as late-coming. He threatened erring officials with a sanction.

According to him, a circular has already been issued to civil servants, reminding them to adhere strictly to the official work hours of 8am to 4pm.

“Government is not grounded. Government is working. Erring officers will definitely face the consequences of such a breach, as reflected in our Civil Service Rules”, Kifasi stated.

He reassured Nigerians that despite the absence of ministers in the ministries, activities of government were going on as usual.

Kifasi said Buhari has directed the civil service to scale up efforts at improving on their efficiency and performance in terms of productivity.

THE PUNCH recalled that some political analysts had recently criticized Buhari for not announcing his cabinet, days after being sworn into office.

Although his aides have argued that since the 8th National Assembly has not been constituted, Buhari is not yet late in announcing his cabinet.

The development has consequently caused complacency and laziness among many civil servants, especially those who believe that their work schedule would only take shape when there are substantive ministers on ground.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Capital Territory Administration, John Obinna Chukwu, has charged all the Directors of Administration and Finance to take charge of their respective mandate secretaries and agencies, warning that the system must work.

He gave the charge when he met with the Committee of DAFs on Wednesday in Abuja.

Chukwu warned that it was no longer business as usual and therefore, all staff must report to work early and close at the appropriate time.

The permanent secretary therefore directed the Department of Monitoring and Inspection to immediately move into action by ensuring that all mandate secretariats, departments and agencies carry out their statutory duties with dispatch.

Chukwu however advised the DAFs to carry along all technical directors and staff in their respective secretariats, department and agencies to ensure a smooth running of the administration.

“Let us manage FCTA very well. It’s not business as usual as the system must work. No vacuum must be allowed to exist in the entire FCT administration,” he stated.

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