Senate to stop political appointees from heading govt agencies


By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—WORRIED by the appointment of politicians by the Federal Government to head agencies and parastatals, ahead of career civil servants, the Senate is currently working on a bill to halt the practice.

According to the Senate, it is a disservice for civil servants not to be given the opportunity to head organisations they laboured for decades to build.

The Bill, titled Public Service Efficiency Bill, is designed to allow civil servants head government agencies and parastatals.

Speaking with journalists yesterday in Abuja, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, noted that bringing people from outside to head government agencies and parastatals had done more harm than good to the system.

Abdullahi, who noted that the Bill would be presented for first reading in June, said some of the appointees had little knowledge of…

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