FG Reacts to Rumours of Extension of Service for Retiring Public Servants


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The Federal Government has reacted to reports that the service years of retiring Public servants had been extended.

According to the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, the Federal Government has not extended the tenure of service for retiring officers in the country’s public Service.

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The Director of Information for the Office of the Head of Service, Olawunmi Ogunmosunle, issued a statement advising the public to disregard the rumour as well as a circular trending on social media. She described the information and the trending document as fake news.

The statement titled, “No extension of service for public service retirees” read,

“The Head of Service, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, has stated that the Federal Government has not approved extension of service for any officer in public service; and the office did not issue any circular on the subject matter.

“The statement became necessary in view of a fake circular purported to have emanated from the Office of Head of Service and being circulated in the social media.

“Members of the public are to note that the content of the circular is fake, incorrect and did not originate from the Office of the Head of Service.

“The letterhead used for the circular ‘Roll-over service for those due to retire within the COVID-19 era in 2020” and dated July 13, 2020 is not the letterhead of the OHSF, the outline of the entire circular, from the distribution list to arrangement of the sections including the grammar is completely out of sync with the way and manner circulars are issued in the office.

“Furthermore, the Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Career Management, Office of the Head of Service at no time issued or signed any such letter.”

“Members of the public especially those in the health agencies are therefore called upon to note and disregard the content of the circular in order not to fall victims of its perpetrators.”

She further advised members of the public as well as public servants to cross check information on the official website of their agencies to avoid misinformation.

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