The Police Service Commission, on Wednesday, said it will continue to operate within the confines of the rule of law and will not detract from its position to obey judgments of courts of competent jurisdiction.
The Commission, which was reacting to the report that it has failed to recall some sacked staff, noted that it has not declined to comply with the judgment of the National Industrial Court in Suit No. NICN/ABJ/11/2014 of October, 7, 2016, where it was directed to recall some of its staff disengaged due to irregular appointments.
According ro the PSC spokesperson, Ikechukwu Ani, “the Commission has since approved the recall of the staff and has also put in place processes for their immediate resumption of duty. Their letters of recall are currently being processed.
“It is also instructive to explain that the affected staff were only inherited by the present Commission which did its best to regularise their defective recruitment but to no success.”
Ani further said “the immediate past Commission, against laid down rules and regulations guiding recruitment into the Federal Public Service, issued letters of appointments to people without due process. There was no advertisement for vacant positions, no interviews held and no financial provision for payment of their salaries. The newly recruited staff worked for five months without salaries.
“The present Commission led by Sir. Dr. Mike Mbama Okiro, a retired Inspector General of Police on resumption of duty wrote to the Accountant General of the Federation requesting for payment for the said staff but the request was turned down because the recruitment did not follow due process and as such the new Staff were not captured in the budget and the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS).
“The Commission also wrote to the presidency for a waiver which was also turned down. It was after these efforts that the Commission invited the affected Staff for a meeting where they were briefed on the situation and advised to go pending the regularisation of the exercise. Since then efforts had been on-going to resolve the matter.”
Ani concluded by noting that the Commission however has decided to recall them in line with the judgment of the National Industrial Court.