Nasarawa: ASCSN Rejects Appointment Of Permanents Secretaries Outside Civil Service
The Nasarawa State chapter of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has objected to the continued appointments of persons outside the core civil service as Permanent Secretaries (PS) in the state.
Comr. Haruna Ewa, Branch Chairman of the association stated this on Tuesday in Lafia, at a one-day seminar for its members from different affiliates.
According to the Chairman, bringing people from outside without the requisite experience to serve as PS was one of the factor responsible for low productivity, thereby destroying the service which is the engine room of government.
He also kicked against the extension of the tenure of civil servants beyond the mandatory 35 years of service or 60 years of age.
“This if allowed to continued, would bring about permanent stagnation of civil servants who are working hard to reach the peak of their careers.
On the significance of the seminar, Comr. Ewa said the association in the last 10 years had instituted an annual seminar to build the capacities of members.
He added that the participants over the years, are equipped with knowledge on the workings of labour movements and how to relate with the government to ensure a better welfare for workers.
On his part, Comr. Mohammed Doma, Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the state, lauded the association for the initiative to keep members abreast with current happenings.
He also commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule-led administration for implementing some of the outstanding promotions of workers after more than ten years.
Comr. Doma however, called on the government to withdraw the circular that workers most write and pass promotion examination before the get their outstanding promotions.
The TUC Chairman explained that this promotions were outstanding and workers cannot sit for any examination before they get their outstanding promotions.
“Implement all the outstanding promotions first, then we can be in the same page to obey whatever the government want us to do going forward,” he added.
Also, Comr. Yusuf Iya, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said the seminar was apt giving it’s theme, ‘Preserving the Civil Service for the benefit of the state: The Role of Trade Unions’.
Iya also joined in counterpart of TUC in commending the governor for putting smile and giving hope of career progression to the workers in the state
The NLC Chairman however called on the state government to return to the negotiating table to conclude the discussions on the consequential adjustment in respect to the implementation of minimum wage.
Iya also advised the state government to adopt the contributing pension scheme as the current system is causing a lot of hardship to retirees.
The highlight of the seminar includes; presentation of papers by resource persons as well as questions and answers section by the participants.