Minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige has mentioned that President Muhammadu Buhari has not damaged any law by retaining Ahmed Idris as accountant-typical of the federation regardless of achieving the age of retirement.
Recall that the accountant-common, Idris appointed as AGF in June 2015, was reappointed by Buhari in June 2019.
Labour unions had questioned him to vacate the seat and continue on retirement after he turned 60 in November 2020.
Talking on Friday, following a assembly with the president, in Abuja, Ngige stated the connect with for Idris to vacate the place is unneeded.
The minister explained the president exercised his constitutional powers in retaining Idris as the AGF.
“There are other problems, all related to labour once again, which I have to look for further more data from Mr. President, like the reappointment of the accountant-standard of the federation, which the Trade Union Congress and the affiliate, Association of Senior Civil Servants, have drawn our notice to the reality that getting clocked 60 many years, that the guy really should exit,” Ngige said.
“We have had two meetings on that and I have educated them that the 1999 structure, the supreme law of the land, is the grand norm, all other rules rose from it and any legislation that is in conflict with the provisions of the structure doesn’t stand, it is struck down.
“Therefore Mr. President has exercised his powers underneath Segment 171 of 1999 Constitution as amended in reappointing Mr. Ahmed Idris with impact from June 25, 2019, not even these days. So the gentleman has a tenure of four yrs which by conditions of appointment elapse June 2023.
“I have produced it obvious that the problem of accountant-general of the federation is a constitutional problem. The appointment is predicated on section 171 of the constitution of 1999, as amended. That part is an omnibus part that grants the president powers to appoint all those he thinks that he can perform with and those offices were so mentioned.
“Offices in the public services of the federation, heads of extra-ministerial departments or businesses, no matter whatsoever identify so-referred to as or so-termed, also long-lasting secretaries, Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, ambassadors and high commissioners and the Workplace of the Accountant Typical of the Federation is part of the additional ministerial division.
“When people appointments are built and you are serving there and the President feels he can get the job done with you, 171 shields him since he is not working for himself, he is doing work for the country and he has to get the greatest of fingers, dependable people. So the Place of work of the Accountant Normal of the Federation is a delicate position that bargains with financial difficulties and he feels, and extremely rightly as well, that this is the person that has been there, he is executing a very good perform and he wishes to keep on with him.”