Federal government has barred Ministers from the arbitrary removal of Chief Executive Officers of government agencies, departments and parastatals.
In a circular seen by ALEDEH, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha released a new guideline entailing the procedures that must be followed before disciplinary actions are taken against any CEO.
The circular said Ministers and Permanent Secretaries should follow due process in the suspension of CEOs as this is to forestall future occurrence of arbitrary suspension or sacking of government officials.
“Government has observed with concern, the arbitrary removal of Chief Executive Officers of Government Parastatals, Agencies and Departments in accordance with Public Service Rules (PSR).
“The following procedure shall therefore apply whenever a CEO is to be subjected to disciplinary action:
– “When an act bordering on Serious Misconduct against a CEO is reported, it shall be the duty of the Supervising Minister through the Permanent Secretary to refer the matter to the Governing Board for necessary action in line with the relevant provisions of the Establishment Act and the principles guiding chapter 3 and 16 of the public service rules.
– “The board shall forward its findings and recommendations to the Minister for further consideration and necessary actions.
The circular further stated that the Minister is to submit his recommendations and explanation of the CEO to the office of the SGF for processing to the President, for a decision.
It further stated that on receipt of the recommendations from the Minister, the SGF will set up an independent investigation panel and will advise the President on the next necessary action, including “interdiction or suspension” in accordance with the principles guiding sections 0300405 and 030406 of the Public Service Rules.
The SGF will also be responsible for advising the President on the next action after the result of the investigation panel is out, after which he will convey the decision of the President to the appropriate quarters.
The circular concluded by saying “on no account should any Minister remove a serving CEO without following the procedures clearly listed in its circular to the Ministry.
The decision of the President may not be unconnected to protests that have emerged by officials of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) after the sacking of the former MD/CEO of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Usman Mohammed. Mohammed was sacked on Tuesday by the Minister of Power, Engr. Mamman Saleh.
Electricity workers held protests in different states to express their displeasure, as they called for Saleh’s resignation in a statement on Wednesday.