The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoS), Alhaji Bukar Goni-Aji, Monday warned civil servants to adhere strictly to the provisions of the law which forbids public officers from engaging in private practice.
Goni-Aji in a circular titled: ‘Code of Conduct for Public Officers’, issued to all Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of the federal government, emphasised the need to obey the civil rules.
He warned those in the habit of abandoning their duties to engage in private jobs to desist from such action, reminding them of the observation made at the 37th meeting of the National Council on Establishments.
According to him, “It has been noticed that some public servants engage in private practice to the detriments of the services they were employed to render to the public.”
Goni-Aji in the circular, also drew the attention of all public officers to Part I, Fifth Schedule, Section 2 (b) of the 1999 Constitution which he said: “Provides that without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing paragraph, a public officer shall not, except where he is NOT employed
on full-time basis engage or participate in the management or running of any private business, profession or trade, but nothing in this sub-paragraph shall prevent a public officer from engaging in farming.
“Failure to comply with this directive by civil servants would not only be regarded as an unconstitutional act, but also, an act of misconduct under the Public Service Rules.”