The Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation has warned permanent secretaries and chief executive officers in the country over rising litigation cases consuming the limited resources of the Nigerian government.
This is according to SaharaReporters citing a memo, titled ‘HCSF 3065/Vol.1/125’, from the HCSF, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, to Permanent Secretaries in which Esan expressed concern about the spate of litigation against the federal government adding that henceforth heads of ministries would be held liable.
Quoting the memo, the publication wrote: “It has been observed with great concern that there is an increase in court cases arising from dismissal and termination of the appointment of staff without proper administrative procedures by some MDAs. This has led to avoidable litigation leading to court judgments against government with huge consequential financial burden.
“In most cases, the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) is joined as defendants in the litigation instituted by the aggrieved staff or their unions. The consequential appearance by the legal officers depletes the limited resources of the office.
“In the light of the above development, all MDAs are strongly advised to follow due process in handling staff matters, especially disciplinary cases. As you are aware there are useful extant rules, regulations and guidelines that guide disciplinary process. Specifically, public service rules issued by the OHSCF and guidelines on appointments, promotion and disciplines issued by the Federal Civil service Commission.
“Henceforth, permanent secretaries and chief executive officers whose poor handling of disciplinary matters leading to avoidable court cases, consequential financial implications and embarrassment to government shall be held liable.
“Permanent secretaries are advised to note and draw the attention of the CEOs of the agencies under their purview to the contents of this circular for compliance.”