The Coalition Of Civil Societies for Equity, Justice and Good Governance (CCSEJGG) has decried lopsided and illegal appointments into the civil service by the head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan.
The coalition said it has reviewed the issues surrounding the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation following series of complaints received since she assumed office.
A statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday in Abuja signed by the convener, CCSEJGG, Dr. Isa Abubakar, and his co-convener Comrade Danesi Momoh said investigations revealed series of infractions ranging from corruption to stunting of some government institutions for selfish reasons that are opposed to national interest.
The coalition said the activities of the head of Civil Service of the Federation run contrary to the posture of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
“Our concise investigations have thrown up issues that cannot be thrown under the carpet hence this press conference. We have over time wondered why some federal tertiary institutions have continued to lose accreditation from the regulatory agencies. To our dismay, we have discovered the root cause,” the coalition said.
Reacting to the allegations, the head of Service of the Federation, through the director communications, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), Mr AbdulGaniyu Aminu, said the embargo on employment in the Federal Public Service since March 2020 is still in force.
Aminu explained that exception was only granted to health and security sectors as well as certain critical vacancy positions which must be filled.
He said that it is a public knowledge that there has been an embargo on employment in the federal public service, with the exception of health and security sector, as well as certain critical vacancy positions that must be filled.
“We all know that this embargo is due to the negative impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on government revenue projection since March 2020. So it is wrong to say that it is the office of the Head of Service that is preventing them from recruiting.
“On the allegation that the Head of Service is recruiting secretly while they are denied waivers, there is no iota of truth in that statement. The office of the Head of Service is not a recruiting agency. We are only concerned about establishment matters in the service and give guidelines on the due processes that must be followed before they employ.
“The office of the Head of Service has been cooperating with all these institutions when it comes to the issues of waivers.
“So it is not true that the Head of Service has been denying them waivers. So long as they follow the due process, waivers are always issued to them,” he added.