Akin Akande, Abuja
Still reeling from the embarrassment caused by controversial party organised by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Abdulazeez Musa, for his daughter in Dubai early this month, the Federal Government on Tuesday banned all public servants from accepting chieftaincy titles and other sundry awards.
A circular to this effect is believed to have been dispatched to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, through the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
Announcing the ban, The Presidency said anyone interested in accepting chieftaincies should wait until after retirement or disengagement from active service.
The presidency, acting on intelligence report about the event, had immediately directed the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation under whose purview re-deployment of officers falls to redeploy Musa.
According to a statement by Director, Communications in the Office of Head of Civil Service, Tope Ajakaiye, the Federal Government said it had been inundated with information that some civil servants were in the practice of soliciting for chieftaincy titles and sundry awards, an act, which the government said was inimical to the principles of anonymity, integrity and political neutrality, which are the core values of the civil service.
Tuesday’s statement, however, noted that on the event that a civil servant must hold a traditional titled by inheritance he or she must obtain permission from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
“The Head of Civil Service of the Federation however directed that where a civil servant must hold a traditional title bestowed on him or her by inheritance or receive any awards, due clearance must be obtained from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation through the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation,“ the statement said.