On behalf of the federal government, the National Council on Establishment (NCE) has announced the approval of an upgraded salary grade level and promotion for engineering graduates in the public service.
The approval is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the council’s 40th meeting that ended on Friday in Owerri, Imo.
The communiqué, which was read by Mr Rufus Godwins, Head of Service of Rivers Government, stated that the council also approved that engineers would advance to grade level 10 after two years in service.
Other memorandums approved by the council, according to Godwins, are the creation of executive cadre for Procurement Officers in the scheme of service, and inclusion of Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO) and Assistant Cadre in the scheme.
Certificates for various roles including surveyors, survey technicians and craftsmen in the civil service as well as restoration of industrial promotion officer cadre from salary grade level 08 to 17 were also approved.
The statement further revealed a restoration and upward review of schools’ housemasters and mistresses’ allowance as well as those of science and mathematics teachers in Unity Schools.
The council canvassed for prompt payment of salaries and retirement benefits, adding that “professional certificates and qualifications issued by professional bodies who seek inclusion in the scheme of service, should be recognised for proficiency purposes only.”
“This is with approval for further necessary action by the Office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) and National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission,” he said.
“The payment of a special allowance to Civil Servants engaged in teaching in Unity Schools should be addressed by the OHCSF with other relevant stakeholders,” the communiqué added.
Godwins said the council’s plenary received 64 memorandums on various establishment matters, adding that some were rejected and others referred to the standing committee on schemes of service for detailed examination.
He announced that Kano would host the next council meeting while the standing committee would meet in July 2018 at Port Harcourt, Rivers.
NAN reports that the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, presided over the meeting that was attended by the Heads of Service from the 36 states and their Permanent Secretaries.