Perm secs and CEOs whose poor handling of disciplinary matters lead to avoidable court cases will be held liable – Head of Service of the Federation warns

Avatar admin | December 13, 2021

Permanent secretaries and chief executive officers in ministries, departments and agencies have been warned by Head of Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, to follow due process in handling staff matters, especially disciplinary cases.

Esan in a memo with reference no: HCSF 3065/Vol.1/125 and dated December 6, 2021, stated that the warning became necessary as the rise in the number of cases instituted against the government as a result of poor handling of disciplinary cases depletes the limited resources of the office.

“It has been observed with great concern that there is an increase in court cases arising from dismissal and termination of appointment of staff without proper administrative procedures by some MDAs.

“This has led to avoidable litigation leading to court judgements against government with huge consequential financial burden.

“In most cases, the office of the head of the civil service of the federation (OHCSF) is joined as defendant in the litigations instituted by the aggrieved staff or their unions. The consequential appearance by the legal officers depletes the limited resources of the office.

“In the light of the above development, all MDAs are strongly advised to follow due process in handling staff matters, especially disciplinary cases.

“As you are aware, there are useful extant rules, regulations and guidelines that guide disciplinary processes. Specifically, Public Service Rules (PSR) issued by OHCSF and “guidelines on appointments, promotion and disciplines” issued by the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) are very useful. Circular, Ref. No. FCSC/CHMN/CL/17/WI.1/41 dated 24″, October, 2013, issued by the Commission, is also useful.

“In most cases, the office of the head of the civil service of the federation (OHCSF) is joined as defendant in the litigations instituted by the aggrieved staff or their unions. The consequential appearance by the legal officers depletes the limited resources of the office.

“In the light of the above development, all MDAs are strongly advised to follow due process in handling staff matters, especially disciplinary cases.

“As you are aware, there are useful extant rules, regulations and guidelines that guide disciplinary processes. Specifically, Public Service Rules (PSR) issued by OHCSF and “guidelines on appointments, promotion and disciplines” issued by the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) are very useful. Circular, Ref. No. FCSC/CHMN/CL/17/WI.1/41 dated 24″, October, 2013, issued by the Commission, is also useful.”

“In  cases where there are doubts, the office of the head of the civil service of the federation should be contacted for guidance”.

“Henceforth, permanent secretaries and chief executive officers (CEOs) whose poor handling of disciplinary matters leading to avoidable court cases, consequential financial implication and embarrassment to government shall be personally held liable.”


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