Reps move against tenure elongation for auditor-general

Some members of the House of Representatives have urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to extend the tenure of the outgoing Auditor General of the Federation, Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine.

The members, it was gathered, were already armed with a motion to be moved at the resumption of plenary Wednesday, to compel  the president to halt the alleged plans for Ayine to continue in office after attaining retirement age.

A member of the group, who craved anonymity said they want to put an end to the practice of retaining civil servants due for retirement.

He said their motion will amongst other things, pray “the president to name an acting AuGF to avoid any vacuum”, ‘adding that “the office is too sensitive to be left without a thorough bred professional within the system.

“We have read reports of attempts to extend the service of the current Auditor General of the Federation with utmost reservations and have resolved to come up with a motion to advise Mr. President not to fall into this trap of truncating the career progression of civil servants.

“We shall be tabling our motion on the floor of the House to ask the president not to replicate what he has done with the service chiefs to the office of Auditor General of the Federation.

“The extension of service of public servants due for retirement is anathema to the career progress of other civil servants. We understand there are many directors and we expect that the president would look at their records and appoint the most qualified and perhaps senior to succeed the outgoing,” the lawmaker said.

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