The Federal Government, yesterday, suspended the tenure policy in the Federal Civil Service, which prescribes 60 years of age and 35 years of service for the mandatory retirement.
President Buhari In a circular to all Ministries Departments and Agencies, MDAs, by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, the government said: “The President has directed the suspension of tenure policy with immediate effect and all concerned are to comply accordingly.”
Vanguard learned that the suspended policy, which was introduced by late President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2009, had set a four-year tenure renewable only once for permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service in line with the 1999 Constitution. The eight-year tenure ceiling also affected federal directors without prejudice to the extant circular, which prescribed 60 years of age and 35 years of service for mandatory retirement. That policy is now suspended.
It was further learned that the suspended policy might not affect political office holders. A top director in the Federal Civil Service clarified that only mainstream officers in the service are affected by the new development.