Retired Permanent Secretary Forum Wants Govt To Redress Employment Embargo


The Council of Retired Federal Permanent Secretaries (CORFEPS), has called on the Federal Government to redress the embargo on employment by the last administration, saying that the country is losing manpower development in public service.

The process, the forum described as an ‘Aberration and Unconstitutional’, said it has created vacuum and needed urgent attention to feel the missing gaps in the sector.

Mr. Gokz Adegoroye, Publicity Secretary to the forum, made the assertion at the press briefing as part of activities to mark 2024 CORFEPS week.

Mr. Adegoroye said that the embargo placed on employment was not just an aberration, adding that the decision was against the constitutional right of citizens’ equal access to employment.

“This is because the constitution says, it shall be the responsibility of the state to give equal access of employment to everybody.

“Equal access to employment means intergenerational equity, it doesn’t say that because you employed one thousand last year, you will not employ for the next two years, that’s not equal licence, ” he explained. ”

On the objectives of CORFEPS’ week celebration, he explained that a 3-day conference slated to take place from March 5 to 7 would feature Colloquium on Tuesday March 5 at the State House Conference Hall, which is open to the public by invitation.

“CORFEPS under its current Chairman has decided to institute the CORFEPS Week as a yearly event preferably in the first quarter of each year, commencing this year.

“There will be Annual General Meeting (AGM) as stipulated in the Articles of Association, members will focus on an issue of national importance which will be exhaustively discussed with a view to providing recommendations on the way forward.

“Other activities include Annual General Meeting, at the Atiku Hall, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation on Wednesday March 6 and investiture of President Bola Tinubu as CORFEPS grand patron on Thursday March 7. ”

Adegoroye said the Colloquium with the theme, ‘Reflections on Nigeria’s Public Service: Way Forward for Good Governance’, would feature the Lead Speaker like Dr Bukar Usman, His Royal Highness Olu Falae, (The Olu of Ilu Abo, Akure land), who is also a retired Permanent Secretary, among others.

“CORFEPS, being composed of tested technocrats with expertise in all sectors of the Nigerian Public Service, is a rich reservoir of knowledge and experience on the intricate workings of government.”

He also listed other activities to mark the week to include provision of forum for engaging in meaningful discourse on important and relevant issues of national development, including matters pertaining to the public service.

The rest are; carrying out periodic objective assessment of the overall performance of the nation and giving constructive advice on key public policy issues, assisting to restore and maintain the proper role of the Civil Service as a non- partisan organ to serve the government and
the nation.

According to him, enhancing continuous interaction among retired Federal Permanent Secretaries and promoting the welfare of members as a means of inspiration for serving public servants and among others will be part of issues to address.

Earlier, Mr Mahmud Ahmed, CORFEPS Chairman, represented by Mr Akin Arikawe, 2nd Vice Chairman, said the forum is marking its first outing with the aim to addressing issues to strengthen the public service sector for effective delivery.

“This is the first time we are making an outing because we are celebrating our week, the week is dedicated towards showcasing the public service to look at what has been, what is going on and where we want to be in terms of service delivery in the public service of Nigeria. “

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