Minister of Interior Gen. Abdurahaman Dambazzau

Minister of Interior Gen. Abdurahaman Dambazzau

Indications emerged yesterday that about 90 per cent of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) workforce may soon loose their jobs due to the new conditions of service approved by the services regulatory board and ready to be implemented by the incumbent minister, Gen Abdurahaman Dambazzau.

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It was gathered that the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB) had recommended the new rules as regard the retirement conditions for officers and men of the services purposely to ‘purge out’ some staff.

Sources at the both NIS and NPS told newsmen that the new conditions when implemented will lead to retrenchment of about 90 per cent of their entire work force.

One of the sources alleged that the minister was planning to hide under the new rule to ‘wild-out’ many staff of the ministry as plan part of the plan to strengthen the new leadership of the services

A letter dated 25 May, 2016 and addressed to all the Service Chiefs  under the ministry, titled ‘re-new conditions of service’ were said to be a grand plan by the interior minister to sack large number of the personnel.

The letter signed by the director/secretary Alh. A.A Ibrahim, also directed the service chiefs to bring the contents to the attention of all their officers and men.

The circular as obtained reads: “I am directed to inform you that at its meeting of 29th December 2015, the Joint Service Board (JSB) took a critical look at the staff conditions of service and resolved that the parameters of retirement of the officers in the services under the supervision of the board should be expanded to include, but not limited to the following: a- attainment of 60 years of age, b- on service for 35 years, c- on disciplinary grounds, d- on medical/health grounds, e-when an officer is un-deploiable due to restructuring, appointment, seniority etc.

Other reasons according to the circular are: “after failing promotion examinations at three consecutive attempts, when an officer fail board promotion three times, incompetence, indolence or declining productivity, failure at staff course, post staff course and their equivalent.

Another set of new rules set to sack large number of officer are: “on reaching the maximum age like Assistant Supretendent 11 is now 22- 33, Assistant Supretendent 1 is now 22-36, Deputy Supretendent is 25-39, Supretendent is pegged at 23-42, Chief Supretendent is now 26-45, Assistant Controller/Comptroller/Commandant is pegged at 30-48, while Deputy Controller/Comptroller/Commandant is 34-51.

Others are Controller/Comptroller/Commandant is 38-54, for Assistant Controller/Comptroller/Commandant General pegged at 42-56, Deputy Controller/Comptroller/Commandant General is now 46-58 while Controller/comptroller/Commandant General.