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A new procedure for the removal of heads of public agencies in the country has been released by the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha.

Ministers were even more guided to refer erring heads of agencies to the governing board for needed disciplinary activity. The Cable reported that they were also told that President Buhari has authorized a new disciplinary procedure for President Officers of government parastatals, agencies and also divisions in accordance with the general public Solution Policy (PSR).

In the circular released on Tuesday May 19 after the Minister of Power Sale Mamman, announced the removal of Usman Mohammed as managing director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Ministers were told that they can’t unilaterally remove CEOs of agencies.

The circular read;

” Appropriately, Head of state has authorized the adhering to streamlined procedure for the discipline of President Officers of government parastatals, agencies as well as departments in conformity with the general public Solution Policy (PSR).

” When an act verging on significant misconduct against a Ceo is reported, it shall be the duty of the monitoring minister via the permanent secretary to refer the matter to the controling board for needed activity in line with the pertinent provisions of the Facility Act and the principles leading Phases 3 as well as 16 of the general public Solution Policy;

” The board will in line with due process, issue him/her an inquiry requesting a description relative to the specific act( s) grumbled about; the board shall onward its findings as well as referrals to the minister for more factor to consider as well as required activity;

He added that it is the obligation of the SGF to suggest the president on the following strategy based upon the result of the last examination.

” This procedure shall work as a mandatory guide and also all ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and also any kind of various other public policeman in comparable managerial position, are enjoined to purely comply with its content.

” The minister, after due consideration of the submission from the board, shall on the suggestions of the irreversible secretary, ahead the ministry’s position together with the referrals of the Board and also the description of the Ceo to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) for refining to Mr. President, for a decision.

” For focus, on no account shall a Minister of the Federal Republic unilaterally or arbitrarily remove an offering Chief Exec Police officer, without choice to the procedure contained in this Circular.”

” Upon invoice of the entry from the minister, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) will right away cause an independent examination as well as suggest Mr. Head of state on the suitable course of activity.

The circular read; 

“Accordingly, Mr. President has approved the following streamlined procedure for the discipline of Chief Executive Officers of government parastatals, agencies and departments in accordance with the Public Service Rules (PSR). 

“When an act bordering on serious misconduct against a Chief Executive Officer 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 Chapters 3 and 16 of the Public Service Rules;

“The board shall in line with due process, issue him/her a query requesting an explanation with respect to the specific act(s) complained about; the board shall forward its findings and recommendations to the minister for further consideration and necessary action;

“The minister, after due consideration of the submission from the board, shall on the advice of the permanent secretary, forward the ministry’s position along with the recommendations of the Board and the explanation of the Chief Executive Officer to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) for processing to Mr. President, for a decision.

“Upon receipt of the submission from the minister, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) shall without delay cause an independent investigation and advise Mr. President on the appropriate course of action.

He added that it is the responsibility of the SGF to advise the president on the next course of action based on the outcome of the final investigation.

“This procedure shall serve as a mandatory guide and all ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and any other public officer in similar supervisory position, are enjoined to strictly abide by its content. 

“For emphasis, on no account shall a Minister of the Federal Republic unilaterally or arbitrarily remove a serving Chief Executive Officer, without recourse to the procedure contained in this Circular.”

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