Monday, 13 March 2017 10:09

Fresh controversy trails Buhari's decision to extend perm sec’s tenure twice

The extension of Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr. Jamila Shu’ara, for another one year is currently generating condemnations from the National Assembly and others in the civil service who view her extension as a grand plot by the president to manipulate the process.

 During a budget defence on February 22, Shu’ara had claimed that the Presidency granted her an extra year after her tenure of office expired. She failed to show up last week with the approval letter and the committee had to reschedule another meeting for last Thursday which she also failed to show up. The HoS, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, who appeared last Thursday to explain properly to the committee, said her mandate did not include bringing the letter but promised members she would produce it this Thursday in another scheduled meeting with committee.

This will make it the second of such an extension for Shu’ara, whose tenure expired in February 2016, when she turned 60 years.

She got a presidential extension to remain in service up to February 2017.

At the expiration of the extension of service, Shu’ara got a second extension, according to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, in a letter dated March 7, to the National Assembly.

Pat of the letter reads: ' I wish to inform you that his Excellency, Mr President has already, in principle, approved the extension of the tenure of Dr Jemila Shaura for a period of one year with effect from February 17, 2017. “I have duly informed the Chief of Staff to the President on this development, and though I have not seen his directive to the Head of Service but he has shown me her response, which in summary, is to say that the Head of Service is yet to convey approval to the officer concerned.

Committee members insist “all we are saying is that the ministry should provide evidence of a letter extending the tenure of Shuara  by President Muhammadu Buhari and the case is as good as forgotten. “But if by Thursday this week there’s no evidence of such a letter, then we are starting afresh from where we stopped.

 Shu’ara, formerly perm sec in the Fed. Min of Petroleum Resources is 61 years old and by Public Service Rules should have retired from service in February 2016.

Under the existing provisions, an officer retires from service after serving for 35 years or attaining the age of 60 years, whichever comes first.

Her decision to remain in office beyond her retirement date has angered not a few senior officials at the station, the Federal Ministry of education and the presidency, who accused Minister of Education Adamu Adamu of encouraging the perm sec to sit tight in office.

But when contacted by Per Second News, a close associate said that she had broken no law by remaining in office beyond her retirement date.

“ Her formal career as a civil servant has expired,” he said. “ But, she is serving a political appointment as perm sec now.”

 

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 17:13

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