OrderPaperToday – Pre-empting an alleged move by President Buhari to renew the tenure of the Auditor-General of the Federation (AuGF), Mr. Anthony Ayine, some members of the House of Representatives have mobilized against such.
OrderPaper Nigeria sighted a motion to be taken possibly on the floor of the House today, 7th October 2020 and endorsed by some members. The motion seeks to urge the president to halt an alleged plan to allow the AuGF continue in office after attaining retirement age.
One of the co-sponsors of the motion told this newspaper in confidence that they want to put an end to the practice of retaining civil servants due for retirement.
He said their motion will amongst other things be seeking for “the president to name an acting AuGF to avoid any vacuum” as according to them, ‘the office is too sensitive to be left without a thoroughbred professional within the system.”
The lawmaker who requested not to be named said: “We have read reports of attempts to extend the service of the current Auditor General of the Federation with utmost reservations and have resolved to come up with a motion to advise Mr. President not to fall into this trap of truncating the career progression of civil servants.
“We shall be tabling our motion on the floor of the House to ask the president not to replicate what he has done with the service chiefs to the office of Auditor General of the Federation.
“The extension of service of public servants due for retirement is anathema to the career progress of other civil servants. We understand there are many directors and we expect that the president would look at their records and appoint the most qualified and perhaps senior to succeed the outgoing.”
Ayeni, who was born on Ocober 25, 1960, was appointed to the position on January 12, 2017 and will attain the mandatory retirement age of 60 on October 25, 2020, when he is expected to pull out of the civil service.