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Govt bans civil servants from accepting chieftaincy titles

Published by Guardian on Wed, 26 Jun 2013


TO sanitise the federal service, the Federal Government Tuesday banned its workers from accepting chieftaincy titles and other sundry awards except after retirements or disengagement from the service.This latest instruction is coming barely a month after a similar directive was given to prevent civil servants in engaging in any form of business except farming at week end. The move, many may see as a welcome development from the part of government in view of making civil servants to be free from undue political interests or manipulations as enshrined in the civil service rules.In a circular sent to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji said that it has come to the notice of government that some civil servants are in the practice of soliciting for chieftaincy titles and sundry awards, an act, he described as inimical to the principles of anonymity, integrity and political neutrality which are the core values of the civil service.In a statement made available to The Guardian Tuesday, 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.
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