Sunday, October 29, 2017

N2bn fraud: Civil service commission yet to sack fleeing Maina



Four days after the order of President Muhammadu Buhari for the “ immediate disengagement ” of embattled ex -Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina , from the Federal Civil Service, the process leading to his disengagement is yet to commence.

Sunday PUNCH gathered in Abuja that as of the close of work on Friday , the Federal Civil Service Commission had yet to commence the process .

Findings revealed that the process for disengaging a civil servant from the system , as laid down in the rules and regulations of the service , would require strict adherence to civil service rules and procedures in order to avoid its nullification through the judicial process .

A serving director in one of the Federal Government ministries , who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution , explained that irrespective of the gravity of the offence , an accused person was entitled to an opportunity to defend himself or herself before further action could be taken .

He , however, added that in the event the person failed to honour the summons when opportunities were provided, a decision to discipline in accordance with the rules would apply .

The director stated, “ It will require first that a query be issued to the person concerned ; he can then be warned as the case may be and then a board/committee will be set up to investigate the matter .

“ And in the course of its investigations, the board has powers , according to our rules , to summon the accused person to defend himself. It is after this procedure is carefully followed that further action can be taken . ”

Commenting on the Presidential order, he said , “ Yes, the President has spoken . My understanding of what he said is that the civil service commission , which has the statutory duty of hiring and firing, should commence the procedure of ensuring that this happens .

“ Mr . President that I know is a man that follows procedure; that is why some of his actions are being misinterpreted to mean he is slow. ”

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