Some ministers have been condemned by APC Mandate Defenders, a Pro-All Progressives Congress as violating the Nigeria’s Public Service Rules by carrying themselves as if they own the Federal Ministries.
The group raised the alarm condemning them over arbitrary sack of parastatal heads and expressed dismay.
In a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of the group, Ifeanyi Emeka, they noted that:
“Some ministers now see themselves as lords over their subordinates instead of working together to achieve Mr. President’s vision and plans for the country.
“Just recently, the immediate past female managing director of an intervention agency of the Federal Government said she was removed by the minister in charge of her ministry simply because she refused to yield to the minister’s unpatriotic and irrational demands from her.
“We have seen several instances where unnecessary bickering and personal differences between a minister and a chief executive have brought embarrassments to the government, despite an existing public service rule which had already addressed the issue.”
In a strongly-worded complaint, the APC group recalled that Buhari himself directed that all executive matters be forwarded to him through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.
The group condemned how Mustapha, who supervises and coordinates government programmes and policies, has been under attack for reminding ministers of an existing process to be followed before any chief executive is removed.
They also noted that:
“Contents of the Public Service Rules were not written by Boss Mustapha but were formulated by the Government of Nigeria to ensure effective service delivery and prevent arbitrary removal of any chief executive who a minister does not like his or her face as well as to promote national interest over personal interest.
“Is it something that should warrant the barrage of attacks and campaigns of calumny against the SGF by some vested interests and influence peddlers in the power sector”, the statement asked.
It would be recalled that two senior officials were sacked in December 2019 by the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, in 24 hours.
They are Marilyn Amobi, Managing Director of Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET) and Damilola Ogunbiyi, former Managing Director of Rural Electrification Agency.