Senior Civil Servants Deny Calls To Cancel Promotion Exams

Says it was also disturbing that the group sought to circumvent meritocracy in the civil service with regard to the very critical task of promoting Directors to the post of permanent secretary.
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The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has denied reports that it demanded the cancellation of the promotion examinations for directors hoping to become Federal Civil Service permanent secretaries.

Recall that the Center for Public Accountability, a group, had claimed that they had called for the cancellation of the exam used to select qualified candidates for permanent secretaries. Instead of continuing with the current practice of testing potential candidates to determine suitability for the position, the group suggested that qualified candidates be personally chosen to fill the unfilled positions.

But in an address to reporters in Abuja, Comrade Tommy Etim Okon, national president of ASCSN, criticized the call for the cancellation of the just-completed Federal Civil Service selection process for permanent secretaries, claiming that those who supported it had bad intentions for the agency.

Okon claimed it was equally unsettling

that the group aimed to get around the civil service's meritocracy in the crucial task of choosing qualified directors for permanent secretary appointments.

He said: “The question is, who, in a sane and contemporary clime does that?

“The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria is a registered and recognised trade union listed in the Third Schedule of the Trade Unions Act as well as by the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette.

“Therefore, it is absolutely unacceptable and questionable for the purported group to propagate the alleged comments of faceless  individuals who claim to be civil servants as though their opinions are those of the entirety of the service,” the national president stated.

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