No fewer than 500 Directors across Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies have been directed to proceed on compulsory retirement in line with provisions of the revised Public Service Rules, PSR.
A circular dated July 27, 2023, from the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan, has advised Permanent Secretaries, the Accountant-General of the Federation, the Auditor-General for the Federation, and Heads of Extra-Ministerial Department to ensure compliance.
Yemi-Esan said the implementation of the PSR had commenced after it was unveiled at the public service lecture held at the Presidential villa in Abuja.
The revised PSR stipulates that a Director, GL 17, or its equivalent as may be prescribed by other MDA’s shall compulsorily retire upon the attainment of eight years in that position.
“A Director or its equivalent by whatever nomenclature it is described in MDAS shall compulsorily retire upon serving eight years on the post”, PSR 020909 stated.
Similarly, a Permanent Secretary shall hold office for a maximum duration of eight years in two terms of four years each, renewable only subject to satisfactory performance
Some sources in the Federal Civil Service to have indicated that as many as 500 Directors who have spent eight years on Grade Level 17 could be affected by the policy which will invariably create vacancies within the system and encourage career progression.
Another notable change in the revised PSR is the adoption of virtual meetings and engagements, to encourage the use of technology to facilitate efficient and timely interactions among government officials, stakeholders, and the public.
This move is expected to streamline decision-making processes and improve coordination within the public service.
The new PSR also replaces the Annual Performance Evaluation Report with a new Performance Management System, which focuses on measurable output of employees in relation to specified competencies.
The new policy is to enable more Deputy Directors in the service on GL16 rise to the next level.
By shifting the emphasis from mere evaluations to performance-based assessments, the new approach is designed to foster a results-oriented culture within the civil service.
Additionally, the revised PSR introduces a framework for recognizing and rewarding outstanding work and meritorious service, aimed at motivating employees by acknowledging their exemplary performance and contributions to the public service.