The Nationwide Meeting Service Committee, after its marathon assembly on Monday, requested the Clerk of the Nationwide Meeting, Olatunde Ojo, to proceed on a three-month depart with speedy impact, The PUNCH has realized.
That is opposite to recommendation given by the Workplace of the Head of Service of the Federation, which mentioned Ojo might stay in service till his retirement in February 2023.
NASC chairman, Ahmed Amshi, in a memo despatched to the officer after the assembly, a replica of which was seen by our correspondent on Tuesday, which was titled, ‘Pre-retirement depart approval letter for outgoing CNA’, mentioned Ojo was due on Monday begins his depart earlier than retirement.
The letter dated November 14, 2022, with reference quantity NASC/PF/SS/1378, was subtitled: “Graduation of depart of absence on November 14, 2022, eventual retirement on February 14, 2023 and nomination for vacant positions.” ‘
It learn: “Your letter dated November 8, 2022, on the above topic, please.
“On the session held on November 14, 2022, the Fee for the Service of the Nationwide Meeting thought-about your letter and accepted the start of your depart earlier than retirement from November 14, 2022 and your eventual retirement on February 14, 2023.
“Whereas continuing on pre-retirement depart, you should be ruled by the supply of Public Service Guidelines 100238 and HCSF/PS/CSO/556/11/131 dated August 1, 2012.
“Whereas the Fee works on the appointment of your successor as an official of the Nationwide Meeting, you hand over your duties to the highest chief within the management of the Nationwide Meeting.
“As you lastly depart workplace on February 14, 2023, the Fee hereby appreciates your invaluable contribution to the service of the Nationwide Meeting and prays that God will proceed to grant you good well being and success in your future endeavours.
In the meantime, the Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has turn into embroiled within the controversy surrounding the retirement of officers.
Gbajabiamila contacted the Workplace of the Head of Service of the Federation to make clear whether or not Ojo can determine to not proceed on the three-month depart or stay in lively service till his retirement on February 14, 2023.
The letter of the workplace, which was addressed to the pinnacle of the cupboard to the chairman, dated November 11, 2022, on the subject of the quantity HCSF/314/93, is titled: ‘Inquiry in regards to the early depart of a retired civil servant.’
Signed by the HoS Director, Adebayo Odejinmi for the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, the reply to the Speaker learn: “I’m directed to check with your letter dated tenth November 2022 on the above topic, looking for clarification on depart earlier than retirement.
“Pre-retirement depart is supplied for in Public Service Rule (PSR) 100238, which states: ‘Officers are required to present three months discover to withdraw from service earlier than retirement takes impact. Initially of the three months, officers ought to instantly proceed to a compulsory one-month pre-retirement workshop/seminar. Within the remaining two months, the retiring officers are anticipated to take vital steps to right their information to facilitate speedy processing of their pensions.’
“In keeping with the supply, a retiring official is obliged to present discover three months earlier than retiring. Amongst different functions, this provision is to allow the MDA to rearrange for the alternative of officers in a well timed method. As supplied by rule and the place organized, a retiring officer will attend a one-month pre-retirement seminar. He/she is anticipated to gather his/her documentation from the assorted MDAs he/she could have served in his/her curiosity. That is to facilitate the processing of his/her pensions.
“Subsequently, it isn’t out of workplace if the officer chooses to work within the workplace throughout the interval.
“Please settle for the assurances within the heat greetings of the pinnacle of the civil service of the Federation.”
Accordingly, the Chief of Workers to the Chairman, Olanrewaju Sensible, forwarded the response from the Workplace of the Head of Service of the Federation to the NASC Chairman.
In a letter titled ‘Tips on Obligatory Three Month Depart of Retiring Civil Servants’ dated November 11, 2022, reference quantity: NASS/SPK/ADM/VOL.1/528B, Gbajabiamila referred to as on the NASC, which introduced to satisfy on Monday with Ojo’s successor to be aware of the recommendation.
The letter said: “I direct the Nationwide Meeting Service Committee to check with the correspondence of the Head of the Federation Civil Service, HCSF/314/93 on the above topic.
“The Speaker of the Home of Representatives ordered that the correspondence be despatched to the committee for steerage and clarification on the depart earlier than retirement of the retiring civil servant.
“Hooked up are copies of the above correspondence, HCSF/314/93, and the official request of the honorable chairman to the pinnacle of the civil service of the Federation dated November 10, 2022.”