The Public Complaint Commission (PCC) in Taraba State has urged the three tiers of governments to desist from extending the services of civil servants that are due for retirement.
The PCC urged that rather than offering civil servants contracts while still in service, which denies upcoming public servants the opportunities to ascend the ladder, such categories of persons should be allowed to go on retirement before engaging them on contracts. Insisting that the process is inimical to the growth of public service, the commission urged the state government to always adhere to due process.
The commission stated this when it summoned the clerk of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Mellah Orngu, for allegedly refusing to proceed on a terminal leave even when he was due for retirement.
Invoking Section 9 (1) CAP. P. 37 law of the federation 2004 to compel him to appear before it told Orngu that his action was “a clear violation of Section 8 (3) of the CAP. P. 37 Laws of the Federation 2004.”
Citing relevant laws, the commission decided to invoked Section 9 (1) CAP. P. 37 LFN 2004 to summoned Orngu, which made him to appeared before the Commission.
During his appearance, the commission informed Orngu of his offenses and the punitive measures as contained in the commission’s Acts that established the commission.
After battling to provide answers to the various questions put before him by members of the commission, the clerk who immediately showed signs of remorse by tendering an apology for his action stated that he did not deliberately ignored the commission’s earlier invitation but was just being careful not to overshoot his limitations, stressing that “I will be the last person to disrespect the commission.”
After considering his apology, the commission asked him to go and respond to the said letter of inquiry which he had before summoned declined to acknowledge.
Rather than seeing the commission as an ‘intruder’ he was told that the state agencies should always see the commission as partners in progress and not intruders that has no business in the state government affairs.
The Commissioner of the commission, Adeku Kumu Mulele, who said the commission is ‘not a toothless bull dog’, stressed the need for government to desist from service extension but to give all public servants the opportunity to rise to the peak of their career.