There are 11 vacant and soon-to-be vacant permanent secretary positions to be filled in the federal civil service.
The acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, disclosed the dates of the examination in a circular dated November 5, 2019 and marked HSCF/CMO/AOD/012/VOL.V/85.
According to her, the first set of examination which will be a written test on relevant public service and policy issues will hold on November 21.
Yemi-Esan said only candidates who were shortlisted after the first examination would participate in the second level, adding that the list of successful candidates would be published on November 22.
She disclosed that the second stage, which would be an Information and Communication Technology assessment test, would hold on November 25 while the list of successful candidates would be published on November 26.
She added that only those shortlisted from the second stage would participate in the third and final stage scheduled for November 27.
“The final level will be an oral interview/interactive session with a broad-based panel of experts and practitioners.
“Accreditation and registration will however be conducted from November 11 to 15 for those who will take part in the examination,” she said.
Yemi-Esan had, in an earlier circular dated October 29, 2019 and marked HCSF/CMO/AOD/012/V/24, announced the decision of government to appoint 11 new permanent secretaries into the federal civil service.
According to the circular, six of the 11 new permanent secretaries will emerge on geopolitical zone basis with one permanent secretary emerging from each zone.
The remaining five will emerge from Niger, Borno, Kebbi, Kwara and Ogun states.
While the permanent secretary from Niger State was said to have retired in August 2019, those from the remaining four states are due for retirement early 2020, hence the need to fill the vacancies.
Yemi-Esan wrote, “Mr President has approved the commencement of the process for the selection of eligible directors to fill the vacancies.
“Consequently, officers in the main stream of the federal civil service, who attained the substantive rank of director on Salary Grade Level 17 on or before January 1, 2017 and who had updated their records on the IPPIS verification portal, from Borno, Kebbi, Kwara, Niger and Ogun states, as well as the six geopolitical zones; and are not retiring from the service earlier than December 31, 2020 are eligible to participate.”
Yemi-Esan asked the recipients of the circular to forward the list of eligible directors in their offices to her with their confidential and personal files, 20 copies of their curriculum vitae, brief on each candidates and evidence of state of origin.
Such state of origin, she added, should not be the one acquired by marriage, in the case of female directors.
She further directed that the documents should reach the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Career Management Office on or before 4pm on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
Meanwhile, the Federal Civil Service Commission has approved the promotion of 3,960 civil servants and advancement of 217 others.
The decision was taken at the commission’s meeting held on October 11 to consider the 2018 Senior Staff Committee’s recommendations on promotion, conversion/upgrading, advancement, re-designation and appeals in the federal civil service.
According to the minute of the meeting which our correspondent sighted on Thursday, the commission’s chairman, Dr Tukur Ingana, presided over the meeting that was attended by 13 commissioners and the permanent secretary, Abel Enitan.
The minute was signed by the Director, Promotion, A.K. Adamson, on behalf of the chairman.
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