‘Appointment process for new Accountant General of Federation faulty’
A group of professionals under the umbrella of National Association on Professionalism and Ethical Standard in the Civil Service (NAPESCS) has criticised the Head of Service of the Federation (HSF), Danladi Kifasi, over allegedly ignoring the laid down rules and procedure in the appointment of the acting Accountant General of the Federation (AGF).
National President of NAPESCS, Dr. Charles Ochaja, in a press statement yesterday, condemned the alleged action of the HSF, which he described as inglorious, unethical, dangerous and capable of destroying the Federal Civil Service.
The group faulted the process leading to the appointment of Mr. Mohammed Dikwa as acting AGF as reported in the media, pointing out that of what criteria or justification was it for the HSF to appoint the 18th person in rank above his senior colleagues who by investigations are more competent and qualified.
The action, according to members of the group is quite embarrassing and nothing but a show of shame. The National body was particularly irked with the alleged manipulation by the HSFof the examinations conducted by the qualified directors for the office of the AGF in favour of Mr. Dikwa, his alleged anointed candidate, describing the action as too desperate, disgraceful and portends danger to the present administration of Muhammadu Buhari if allowed.
NAPESCS wondered why a person in the exalted position of the HSF could be so desperate and blindfolded with selfish agenda to throw ethics, laid down rules and procedure to the wind to perpetrate such an illegality and bad precedence in the Civil Service.
The group is therefore calling for the removal of the HSF by President Buhari while the appointment of Dikwa as acting AGF be reversed immediately and the purported examinations conducted by Kifasi be cancelled The statement added: “The action called for the immediate intervention of the President before it would degenerate to a menace that can not be managed in the Federal Civil Service.
“It would be recalled that few weeks to the expiration of the tenure of former President Goodluck Jonathan, the HSF, Mr. Dalandi Kifasi, was reported to have written a memo to inform the President of the expiration of the tenure of the AGF on the 12th June,2015. “In the letter, the HSF requested the President to approve the process for the replacement of the then incumbent AGF.
The request was dully approved by the former President in order to pave way for the commencement of the exercise in line with the laid down civil service rule and procedure.
“Sometimes in May, there was a circular from the Head of Service to all Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service, requesting all Directors of Finance to forward their resume and other relevant documents as well as open and confidential files to the Office of Head of Service of the Federation.
“Thereafter, there was another memo from the Head of Service fixing the examination dates and interview session for the position of the Accountant General between 15th and 18th, 2015.
“On June 12, the tenure of the then incumbent Accountant General expired and then came the need to appoint the most senior Director in the Accountant General’s office in acting capacity in line with the usual practice and civil service procedure.
The most senior director is expected to act as acting Accountant General pending the substantive appointment of the Accountant General. “But contrary to expectations and in flagrant disregard to the Civil Service rules and regulations,the Head of Service of the Federation went ahead to appoint one Mr. Mohammed Kiyari Dikwa who is the 18th most senior director as the acting Accountant General.
“And contrary to the civil service rules, the acting appointment was given a lot of publicity in the national radio and television stations by the Office of the Head of Service.
This unholy development triggered suspicion from members of the treasury family and confirming the initial rumour and alleged claim that Dikwa who is one of the least qualified and not a Chartered Accountant is the anointed candidate of the Head of Service. “The exams conducted in respect of the appointment was alleged not to be transparent.
The Head of service was said to have invited only four candidates of which his anointed candidate, Dikwa was among, for interactive session and for interview.
“The results of the exams for the directors were not known by anybody except the Head of Service. Hence it is now clear and direct that, the whole exercise is being stage-managed by the Head of Service to favour his anointed candidate.
The exercise has received a lot of criticism as this has been described as very strange and dangerous to the norms and ethics of the civil service. “Observers are therefore calling on the President to call the Head of Service to order and cancel the exercise as this will be a very bad beginning for the administration.
Observers continue to wonder aloud why the Head of Service was in a hurry to effect the appointment. They however warned that the situation as it were if allowed will not only serve as a bad precedence in the civil service in the early days of President Buhari’s administration but it is capable of destroying the civil service itself.”