President Buhari has approved the pre-retirement leave for the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Danladi kifasi with effect from October 20, 2015.
The letter conveying the President’s approval, signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Eng. Babachir David Lawal , also stated Mr. president’s “appreciation for the meritorious Service to the nation during his tenure as Head of the Civil Service of the Federation”.
Until his appointment as head of service on August 13, 2014, Mr. Kifasi, a former Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
Born on January 1, 1956, Mr. Kifasi clocked 60 in January and should have long retired from office.
Under Nigeria’s civil service rules, a public officer is expected to retire after turning 60 or after spending 35 years in service.
It is not clear why he was allowed to remain in service beyond his retirement date.
Mr. Kifasi was a member of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC; a non-Executive Director of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, and an Alternate Governor of Islamic Development Bank.
An indigene of Taraba State, Mr. Kifasi, a chartered accountant and lawyer, was one of three Permanent Secretaries from the country’s North-East geo-political zone shortlisted to succeed Bukar Aji, who he succeeded.
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