Disquiet at Police Commission as perm sec handsover to chairman

Gunmen-kill-five-policemenTHE Federal Government has completed arrangements to appoint an Executive Secretary to manage and oversee the running of the Police Service Commission (PSC), even as the heightened politicking about who to take over from the permanent secretary has led to the chairman taking over from the redeployed senior civil servant.

Following government’s withdrawal of the Permanent Secretary from the Commission to the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, subsequent to recent retirements, appointments of new ones and redeployment of the remaining few, there has been anxiety over who would take over the role, while awaiting the next directive.

The anxiety deepened more because the most senior director in the ministry, Donald Etiebet, has not really being in the good books of the chairman. The frosty relationship led to the preparation of Emmanuel Ibe before the recent development, as he (Ibe) was appointed to be the Director of Finance and Administration while Etiebet was assigned to a redundant office, as the director in charge of zonal offices, to the chagrin of the senior director, given that the Commission does not have zonal offices anywhere in the country.

The Guardian gathered that on Tuesday, 17th November 2015, the former Permanent Secretary of the Commission, Aliyu Bisalla, who was redeployed to the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, was invited for a meeting with the Chairman Mike Okiro at the Commission’s office with some of the commissioners and the directors, where he formally handed over to the chairman instead of the most senior director as it is customary.

Sources at the Commission said this was in a bid to calm down the already brewing tension in the Ministry among the staff, who have expressed dissatisfaction with the manner Etiebet is being treated by the leadership of the Commission over the years.

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