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Reps tackle Buhari over extension of retired Perm Sec's tenure


Reps tackle Buhari over extension of retired Perm Sec's tenure

The House of Representa­tives has kicked against President Muhammadu Buhari’s continued retention in office the Permanent Secre­tary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Jamila Shu’ara, after she has exceeded the re­tirement age.
Members of the House Committee on Basic Educa­tion and Services, who took President Buhari on the mat­ter on Thursday, declared that the he has no power under any of the country’s law to extend the tenure of a retired civil or public servant who has either by years of service or by age, reached the retirement period as prescribed in the Civil/Pub­lic Service Rules.
While closing over a month-long investigation into alleged illegal extension of the services of Shu’ara, the lawmakers asked the Head of Service of the Fed­eration to invoke the relevant rules to recover all the emolu­ments paid to Mrs. Shu’ara for the period of the extension.
The committee had for weeks grilled the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HoS), Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, insisting that she must produce the approval letter purportedly written by the President to ex­tend the tenure of the perma­nent secretary.
They asked Oyo-Ita to show where the President derives such powers to grant the ex­tension.
The HoS had insisted on the authority of the President to appoint, remove or re-appoint persons into offices as en­shrined in Section 171 of the 1999 Constitution (as amend­ed).
But Hon. Zakari Moham­med, who heads the commit­tee, faulted the stand of Oyo-Ita and demanded that the HoS furnished the panel with the let­ter she wrote to the President’s Chief of Staff on March 17, 2016 communicating Shu’ara’s retire­ment notice to the Presidency.
Given her inability to pro­duce the President’s letter, the lawmakers on Tuesday gave her a 72-hour ultimatum which elapsed on Thursday to do so.
But when she appeared be­fore the committee on Thurs­day, Oyo-Ita denied ever writ­ing any letter as quoted by the lawmakers at their previous sitting. The Authority
 

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