Labour seeks presidency’s intervention to unseat accountant-general
The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has sought the intervention of the presidency to direct the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, to exit the service after being due for retirement.
In a letter through the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, signed by Secretary-General, Alade Bashir Lawal, the ASCSN implored the presidency to put necessary machinery in place in order not to trigger an industrial upheaval in the public service.
The ASCSN expressed optimism that given the pedigree of the Head of Service, the Presidency would urgently intervene in the matter so that the service could be saved from the possible industrial crisis that may result from Idris’ continued stay in office.
The workers alleged that Idris was not in any way prepared to leave office on the due date of 25th November 2020 when he became 60 years of age in order not to give the opportunity to one of the over 200 qualified directors in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation who will be selected after necessary interview.
According to the union, quoting Public Service Rule 020810: “The compulsory retirement age for all grades in the Service shall be 60 years or 35 years of pensionable service, whichever is earlier.”
“No officer shall be allowed to remain in service after attaining the retirement age of 60 years or 35 years of pensionable service, whichever is earlier.”
It called on civil society groups, religious groups, and royal fathers among others, to prevail on the presidency to order Idris to proceed on retirement and not wait until the union embarked on industrial action.