150 deputy directors in federal civil service fail promotion exams

Head of Service, Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita

At least 150 federal civil service deputy directors who sat for promotion examinations to the position of directors failed the test.

This was disclosed by the Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, at a quarterly meeting with organised labour, conducted by her office in Abuja, Wednesday.

Mrs. Oyo-Ita also announced that a court injunction on the promotion of the 2014 batch of directors in the administration cadre of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies has finally been lifted.

She said that the lifting of the injunction will enable the civil service administrative positions which were filled by officers in acting capacity, to be filled by substantive directors.

“I am particularly delighted to inform you that the issue of promotion for the 2014 batch of directors in the Administration Cadre has been finally resolved,” she said.

“The lifting of the court injunction on this issue also led to the conduct of examinations for 2015 – 2017 batch of Directors in the same cadre.”

“Over 290 Deputy Directors sat for the examination out of which only about 140 were successful. I am certain that going forward, the civil service will ventilate itself and officers will be rewarded for hard work.

“With this, we now have a solution to the issue of dearth of Directors of Administration in MDAs. Departments which were hitherto manned by officers in acting capacity would now be manned by substantive Directors,” she said.

She also addressed the issues of service delivery and a conducive working environment for staff.

“The issue of a conducive working environment for staff that has been raised by organised labour is very dear to my heart.

“To achieve this I have set up a committee on office allocation and expansion with a focus on maintenance, rehabilitation and expansion of office allocations to MDAs.

“Similarly, I have also approved the constitution of two committees on the development of a policy framework for Public Service Disaster Prevention and Safety Management,” Mrs. Oyo-Ita said.


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  • Debekeme

    Have you ever sat and casually chatted with top government officials? I mean across all Arms; judiciary, executive and legislators?

    Ive met judges that cant properly speak English and whose grasp of world affairs and general knowledge is alarmingly poor. Dull fellows.

    Ive met legislators (Honorable and Distinguished) who should not be insulted if you called them: stark illiterates

    Ive met PSs, Ds and DDs and even ministers who should not be anywhere near positions of authority talk less of managing national assets.

    Set exams with question commensurate to the offices these Civil Servants hold and im sure at least minimum of 50% of them will fail.

    Go to NNPC for instance and see the quality of the top management of very sensitive and technical departments/operations. You cant grow a nation this way. Low intelligence, low morals, low ethics.

    • Steve

      I saw it firsthand while serving as a corp member. There was a federal permanent secretary in one of the ministries who had an interpreter in his office because he could hardly speak or understand plain english. I turned pale cos that’s how sickening it was.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      aww. If i could run and grab ya i would kisssss ya cheeks. No Homo! Gbam you said it. Same things as the business environment, You remember the old saying that goes ‘money miss road’ people? Those are the people who run the show in these parts. You know why? the commercialization and unveiling of the .com boom which created over 60% of the worlds 1% who own 99% of the worlds wealth. our guys (Corrupt african and poorer world leaders are the thieves who steal over 50% of the 1% left for the 99% poorer than the 1% than own 99% of the worlds 100% wealth and resources.

  • Steve

    And all 150 of them will get promoted especially the ones of northern extract. Cos this administration rewards failure(s).

  • Toughie Man

    The entry process when they joined the civil service was faulty. The foundation matters. Some of them got in and were promoted through the mediocre QUOTA system prevalent in the moribund Nigerian civil service. The best cannot come out of Nigeria until globally acceptable best practices are introduced into the nigeria space where merit is the main determinant fact. Where tribalism, nepotism, prebendalism and man-know-man thrives, the order of the day will be mass failure and inept civil service. However, note that very soon a letter will come with presidency authority to overlook certain names and confirm them accordingly.

  • Debekeme

    I agree ‘Toughie Man’, i see the Presidency intervening and instructing the acceptance of these unqualified group back into the system. Its his style.

    Most citizens rightly consider/identify their President and his inner cabinet as a source of retrogression.

  • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

    hmmmmm………….test them on how to commit fraud without getting caught ………….you will be surprised by the result …………… here,we call it passing with “flying colours” or “doing well” according to ebele wonder ………..

    • AryLoyds

      Were does Ebele come in hear ? Be patient , cos buhari will bury the list cos his fulnai caliphate brothers will be on the failed list. Have you heard anything on the Maina saga? That guy is still playing catch me if you can in his personal house !

      • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

        maina is playing same game dudafa played,nothing new…………… maina was wise enough to spread the loot even to dssssss,dudafa wasn’t,typical southern chop alone syndrome …………………. between ebele and buhari, the line is getting thinner by the day ………………

  • Zacchaeus Akinleye, ME, P.E.

    The dearth of intelligence as an off-shoot of inferior academic preparation and cognate professional experience is responsible for the low-quality service delivery in the public service. That’s why you have people promoted to positions where they lack appreciation of how things work and end up ruining outcomes.

  • thusspokez

    “Over 290 Deputy Directors sat for the examination out of which only about 140 were successful. I am certain that going forward, the civil service will ventilate itself and officers will be rewarded for hard work.

    Chineke! 52% failure rate. Well, you might say that it is not as bad as the 75% failure rate of Kaduna State teachers.

    So, would the 140 now receive the El-Rufai treatment or demoted? No wonders, politicians are not receiving proper professional advice from civil servants — many of whom from this test are unfit for purpose. At 52% failure rate, Mrs Oyo-Ita would need heavy-duty ventilation of her civil service to get rid of the ineptitude and mediocrities.

  • Julius

    Good, do not promote them. Find their replacements .

  • forestgee

    They failed, were promoted and posted to NNPC as Directors

  • Kenny

    What’s the difference between these folks and Buhari?

    • thusspokez

      Politicians make policies, whereas civil servants implements the policies. Civil servants also advice politicians, and acts as guardians, particularly, to the clueless politicians.

      Politicians don’t need to be clever and can even be stúpíd, whereas top civil servants are professionals like your accountants, lawyers, medical doctors, software engineers, etc., There is no room for mediocrity.

  • Du Covenant

    This is what you get when the primary objective of civil servants is to loot public treasury as opposed to serve the country. Politicians come and go but, they stay put for years on end and so the damage in Nigeria is beyond repairs!.

    • thusspokez

      they stay put for years on end

      They are supposed to stay put. Civil service is a career, and it is the foundation upon which every government is built. It provides continuity in the management of a county. This is why Mrs. Oyo-Ita needs heavy-duty ventilation to expel the ineptitude and mediocrities.