Abuja—The Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) Wednesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint the most senior director of the federal ministry of finance to replace the embattled ex-Account-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.
According to Incnews247, the President of CSGGG, Comrade Ogakwu Dominic stated this while speaking to newsmen in Abuja.
He said the Head of Service must follow the rules and regulations of the civil service in ensuring an immediate replacement of the vacant seat.
Ogakwu noted that the vacant office as stipulated in the statutory provision of the civil service must be occupied by the most senior director.
In his words: “The right thing to do in this case is for the most senior director in the Federal Ministry of Finance to be redeployed to the Office of the Accountant-General as the acting accountant general of the federation, pending when a substantive Accountant-General of the Federation would be appointed.”
Ogakwu stressed that further delay in announcing a new substantive AGF is a violation and deliberate negligence of the statutory provisions binding the civil service, citing a part of the stipulations of the statutes of the civil service rule.
“Pending the appointment of a substantive Head of Extra-Ministerial Department/Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of Parastatals, Agency, Commission and Government-owned company, the outgoing Chief Executive Officer must handover to the next most senior Officer of the establishment, as long as the officer does not have any pending disciplinary matter.”
CSGGG’s president further alleged that the new recruitment process of a new AGF is more or less a scheme to cut-off other deserving candidates in favour of a caucus group in the ministry.
“A close look reveals that the process of selecting a substantive Accountant-General of the Federation has been monopolized as an exclusive club boasting of only Directors from 2017, systematically scheming out others who have equally spent their lifelong years in the service of their fatherland.
“As a group, we strongly believe that the Head of Service of the Federation is not only a respected citizen but also a just and fair human being, who has the requisite know-how to select a competent exchequer for our nation’s treasury.
“We are therefore drawing her attention to these issues to enable her to do the needful, as we remain unrepentantly confident in her sense of judgment. We hope that our advice will not fall on deaf ears, because indeed, a stitch in time saves nine,” Comrade Ogakwu concluded”