Buhari has no powers to extend civil servant’s tenure—Reps


  • Order immediate sack of Education Perm Sec whose tenure was extended
  • Want her to refund all illegal salaries, allowances to govt coffer

The House of Representatives on Thursday overruled President Muhammadu Buhari over his extension of the tenure of office of a retired Education Permanent Secretary, Jamila Shu’ara.

The lower chamber of the National Assembly which said that Buhari’s action was illegal also directed the Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita to sack the affected Permanent Secretary and ensure that all emoluments enjoyed till date by Shu’ara since February 2016 when she was formally disengaged were returned to government coffers.

The directive was the outcome of hearing on the issue between the Zakari Mohammed-led Committee on Basic Education and Services and the HoCSF.

The lawmakers said the President had no power under section 171(2)(d) of the 1999 Constitution or any other existing law to extend or elongate the tenure of a Permanent Secretary whose tenure had expired by time or age, whichever comes first

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The committee, resolved that “The Head of Service should invoke relevant rules to recover all the emoluments paid to Mrs Jamila Shuara for the period of the extension.

“That the Government should ensure that Civil service rules and procedures be strictly followed in future

“That the retirement date of Dr Mrs Jamila Shuara remains 20th Feb.2016

“That Dr Mrs jamila Shuara should vacate office immediately as her retirement date remains 20th Feb. 2016.

“That the Head of Service should ensure compliance to this subject matter,and report back to the House in four weeks’ time”.