Federal Civil servants start promotion exams

Federal Civil servants start promotion exams

The Federal Civil
Service Commission (FCSC) has commenced interviews and examinations for
the promotion of civil servants to the level of directors.

An investigation by
NEXT reveals that the interviews are meant for officers due for
promotion to salary grade levels 15 to 17 in all sections of the Civil
Service as of January 1, 2009, to January 1, 2010.

The commission
issued a circular to the relevant officers, including the principal
secretary to the president and the acting president, the secretary to
the government of the federation, the head of the civil service of the
federation, all permanent secretaries, the auditor-general of the
federation, the accountant-general of the federation, the
surveyor-general of the federation, and all heads of extra- ministerial
departments, acquainting them of the promotion exercise.

Stringent requirements

The circular
directed that the eligible officers in the ministries, departments and
agencies (MDAs) have to submit separate briefs for each of the two
years in question.

Officers on salary
grade level 14 must have spent a minimum of three years at their
current grade level and must have had their last promotion on or before
January 1, 2006, for those who are due for promotion in 2009. Eligible
officers on salary grade level 15 and 16 must have spent a minimum of
four years at their current grade levels, and must have had their last
promotion on or before January 1, 2005, for 2009 and January 1, 2006,
for 2010.

The commission required that qualified candidates should submit an Annual Performance Evaluation Report (APERS).

“It should be
clearly noted that the suppression or non-disclosure of information in
respect of officers under disciplinary action or pending regularisation
will attract sanction from the FCSC.”

The circular
further warned all MDAs to comply with the guidelines and rules on
promotions and urged them to bring the content of the circulars, and
other related items, to the attention of their staff, including those
on duty posts outside the country.

All MDAs are also directed to submit their returns on vacancies for 2009 and 2010 separately to the commissions for action.

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