Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina
Workers of the Department of Fisheries in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have faulted the plan by authorities at the Ministry to allegedly impose a female director on them as the Director General instead of the most senior female Deputy Director in the department.
Alleging that the Director in question had been away from the Fisheries Department for over four years, they condemned her posting above her superiors as the acting Director of Fisheries, allegedly on the orders of the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina .
A staff of the Ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told THISDAY weekend, that the most senior female deputy director (names withheld) who is due for the promotion interview as the substantive Director of Fisheries, had in fact, petitioned the Head of Service of the Federation; the Chairman, Civil Service Commission; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as well as President Goodluck Jonathan to officially complain about the glaring injustice meted against her.
THISDAY reliably gathered that consequent upon her petition, series of queries had been issued to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, who had allegedly ignored all of them.
Another source at the ministry who also spoke on condition of anonymity, confided in THISDAY that the new director has at least two senior officers ahead of her.
“She is no where due for the promotion examination and would not be taking part in the promotion examination that is going to be conducted by the Civil Service Commission,” the source said.
“Is it fair to allow any minister and a Permanent Secretary to usurp the mandate of the Civil Service Commission which is entrenched in the Nigerian Constitution as being in charge of appointment and recruitment of top civil servants as well as the appointment of Acting Directors and Directors in conjunction with the office of the Head of Service of the Federation?” the source asked.