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Buhari lifts ban on promotion of directors of admin in civil service

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…serves as reward system for hardwork

The ban placed on the promotion of Directors of Administration to their next levels has been lifted by the federal government.

The new position was revealed by the Head of Service at the 2nd Edition of the Permanent Secretary Service Welfare Office Quarterly breakfast meeting held recently with organized labour unions in Abuja.

According to the Head of Service (HOS) Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita,earlier, promotion of Directors of Administration to the next level was denied them while their professional colleagues got career progression promotions up to the Permanent Secretary posts before retirement.

The policy brought with it stagnation into the Federal Civil Service as numerous qualified Directors of Administration could not go beyond the level before retirement.
 
Subsequently,the Head of Service states that all applicants into the Administrative Officer position in the service must be computer literates before they are considered for employment.

 
‘’I particularly delighted to inform you that the issues of promotions for the batch of Directors in the Administrative Cadre has been finally resolved, the lifting of the court injunction on this issue also led to the conduct of examination for 2015-2017 batch of Directors in the same cadre.”said Oyo-Ita
 
Continuing, the Head of Service revealed that over 290 Deputy Directors sat for the exams out of which about 140 were successful adding that with this achievement, government is certain that going forward demands rewarding hard work.

Court declares post-UTME tests in tertiary institutions illegal

The conduct of A Federal High Court, Abuja has declared the Post- Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) by universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria has been declared as illegal by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

The presiding judge, John Tsoho held that only the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) could conduct matriculation examinations and give admissions into tertiary institutions by virtue of section 5 (1) (2) of the JAMB Act.

.This was the outcome in a matter brought before the federal High Court,Abuja by the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) against JAMB, the Minister of Education and the National Universities Commission (NUC), Justice John Tsoho

Justice Tsoho held that there were no extant laws authorizing the conduct of Post-UMTE by the Institutions and that the defendants consisting of JAMB, Ministry of Education and NUC have no power to allow or direct tertiary institutions to conduct further screening of candidates after they had taken the UTME.

Inaddition, the court issued a perpetual injunction restraining all tertiary institutions in the country from conducting the Post-UTME or any other form of admission screening tests.

In opposing the suit, JAMB had argued that LEDAP had no locus standi to bring the action, but the court rejected the objection and held that a registered non-governmental organisation (NGO) or an activist lawyer is allowed by law to pursue in court, the right of the largely ignorant members of the society.

LEDAP had submitted that Section 5 (1) (2) of the JAMB Act provides that the body should conduct matriculation examinations for admissions into all tertiary institutions after the UTME.

Subsection (2) (3) provides: “JAMB shall be responsible for determining matriculation requirements and conducting examinations leading to undergraduate admissions and also for admission to National Diploma and the Nigerian Certificate in Education courses.”

The plaintiff had submitted that since 2005, tertiary institutions nationwide have been illegally conducting tests and screening candidates seeking admission in violation of section 5 (10) (2) of the JAMB Act.

You may recall that with the introduction of Post-UMTE, candidates were introduced to layers of screening by institutions of higher learning with some crying over alleged extortions

Investigations by www.Imostateonline.com showed that nation’s higher institutions converted this layer of screening to bigger source of Internal Generated Revenue as candidates were meant to pay an amount as may be determined.

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