We can hack into any account, withdraw money from it, even if phone is locked- suspect
By Evelyn Usman
Most Nigerians and mobile phone users all over the globe usually lock their phones , thereby making it difficult for anyone to have access to information in them, particularly their account details.
But a suspected telephone hacker who was arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ladipo, Lagos, has revealed that such measure does not prevent him and his likes from gaining access into any bank account if they laid their hands on such phones.
Surprisingly, the 31-year-old suspect, Dare Oladimeji, is a Senior Secondary School Certificate holder.
In this interview with Crime Guard, Oladimeji, a footballer, who just returned from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, having concluded his two years contract with ALAIN FC, said hacking into bank accounts through phones , had nothing to do with being a graduate.
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Some suspected members of his gang as gathered, had earlier been arrested and charged to court. He was tracked to Idi-Oro area of Lagos, during investigation into the withdrawal of N200,000 from a victim’s account .
Asked if he had any connivance with bank staff, he shook his head, stating rather , that he got the necessary details from Google Chrome.
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He boasted that money could be withdrawn from account through stolen sim card, no matter the code used to prevent one from accessing the phone.
Hear him: “I work on sim cards to get money. When I lay my hands on any sim card, I would slot it into any small phone that is not adroid. When that is done, I would press a code which brings out the list of banks the owner of the sim uses.
“For example, if the person is using GTB, I will proceed with the normal code of *37*100#. If the person has money , we would use it to buy recharge card to confirm how much the owner has, through the debit alert that would pop in to reveal the balance. Thereafter, we would transfer the money into donors accounts, from where we would withdraw the money”.
Asked what happens if phone is locked, he said, “ Locking of phones with password does not stop me from hacking into any account, as long as I can lay my hands on the sim card. All I need to do is to remove the sim and slot it into a small phone.
“The only thing that can prevent me from hacking into account through phone is when the SIM card itself is locked. But most people don’t lock their sim cards, they only lock their phones.
You can only beat my likes to the game if you lock your sim card because only the owner knows the password”.
He stated that he resorted to doing such illicit deal after he lost the money he brought from Dubai.
According to him, “ When I came back from Dubai in 2016, I brought N7 million , out of which I gave one Mr Shola N5 million for a genuine business with NUPENG. Unfortunately, the man died .
We pick SIM cards
“ I decided to venture into this business which is a small version of yahoo yahoo because I didn’t want to go into robbery. At Idi-Oro, there are pick pockets . When they snatch phones from victims, they would throw the sim cards away. What I do is to go looking for these sim cards and continue from there.
“Nobody taught me the skill. I learnt it from google chrome. This is just common sense. But I regret my action because I have brought shame to my children”, said the father of three.
The suspect as gathered, would be charged to court soon.
Judgement against movement’s restriction not vacated –Adegboruwa
In this interview with MUDIAGA AFFE, a lawyer and human rights activist, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, says plans by the Lagos State Government to reintroduce environmental sanitation will be challenged if it impedes free movement of people
What is your reaction to the latest move by the Lagos State Government to reintroduce the monthly environmental sanitation?
Well, I’m fully in support of any move by the state government to clean the environment and there is no gainsaying the fact that Lagos seems to have been littered with refuse here and there. We have been working on how to achieve cleaner Lagos for a long time. So, it is a welcome idea which one supports but the methodology and the strategy may be the issue. Before the emergence of this administration, led by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, sanitation had always been a priority for any regime and so we support the effort to clean. But when it comes to the illegal policy of restricting movement of citizens is another thing entirely. For us as citizens and Lagosians, we are happy to have this new regime and would support all its policies and programmes, especially on sanitation. However, whether he has the right to restrict peoples’ movement in law is a different kettle of fish altogether.
You had once dragged the state government before the court over the restriction of movement during sanitation. Do you still maintain this position?
We are still in court on the matter. In 2015, a Federal High Court in Lagos delivered a judgement against the Lagos State Government and the Inspector-General of Police; it issued an injunction restraining the government and the police from restricting movement and disturbing people in the name of environmental sanitation. That judgement is still valid and the state government appealed against the judgement. We have been on the appeal but they refused to file their brief. So, we still have a judgement of the Federal High Court that is subsisting and valid. Every government has a duty under Section 287 of the Constitution, which says that the executive arm of government has a duty to obey the decisions of the court. The Lagos State Government has no choice in this matter because there is a judgement in force that cancelled the restriction of movement, but it did not cancel the observance of the environmental sanitation. If you want to do sanitation for a whole Saturday in a month, nobody is opposing that. We welcome it and will participate in it. But it cannot lead to the restriction of movement of people because that is illegal and unconstitutional. The constitution in sections 35, 38 and 40, grants freedom of movement to all citizens. It is beyond any state government in Nigeria and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to restrict the movement of citizens and the court has made a pronouncement on that. We are a country of democracy that is governed by the rule of law. There is no basis at all for the government of Lagos State to be tinkering with the idea of restricting movement. But we are all enthusiastic about this new government and we would participate in the environmental sanitation any time that the government declares. It should not lead to the restriction of the movement of people. If they try that, it would amount to contempt of court and that is punishable by law. I do not think that the governor would want to start his administration with a confrontation with the judiciary. From the language I have seen about Governor Sanwo-Olu, he is a peaceful and law-abiding man who swore to an oath on May 29, 2019 to uphold the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is less than one month, he cannot start his regime by violating his oath of office. I do not think the government has any plan to restrict people from moving; it will be totally unconstitutional.
Although the government says it is consulting with the people over the matter, what, if it decides to resume the exercise, what options will you seek?
Well, I feel that we should not encourage the government to embark on deliberate act of impunity because when those in authority, holding power in trust for us, set out to deliberately violate a judgement of the court, the signal to the rest of society is very bad. I will honestly believe that part of the consultation of the governor is to talk to lawyers and I am sure he will be consulting with lawyers and civil society. When a government, on its own, decides to violate a court judgement, it is sending a signal of lawlessness and impunity and a society that is governed by total disregard for the law and this will be bad. If it does that, it is for us to go back to the court and set up a process for the court to interpret the decisions or policies of the government. The history of this whole struggle to free the people from the compulsory stay at home for three hours was on June 29, 2013, I got an invitation to appear on a national television station to discuss a national issue. On my way, I had the access card with me, but when I got to the Ojota/Ketu end of the Lagos/Ibadan expressway, I was stopped by LASTMA and policemen and they did not allow me to proceed. I was arrested and detained on the claims that I violated environmental sanitation law. But I told them that there was no such law in existence; they refused to listen. Thereafter, the following week, I approached the Federal High Court to determine whether the government of Lagos has the power to restrict movement of citizens in the name of environmental sanitation. The court examined the matter; the state government was in court and the court said there was no such law. That is where we are. Another citizen also approached the Court of Appeal on the same matter for which a decision was also taken. This is not about me.
Over the years as a resident of Lagos, did the compulsory restriction of movement help to achieve cleaner environment?
Those were the arguments before the court. I had said that there was no need to restrict movement because it was not achieving anything. I gave examples of Saturdays when children use the opportunity to play football on the roads. There are existing LAWMA and PSP operators that we pay monthly to carry out the task. If I am paying for it, why do you then restrict my movement? It is double jeopardy. Restricting movement of pregnant women and other sick people was too much and it was not achieving the purpose for which it was set to achieve.
There was panic Friday, in Ikorodu, Lagos as some cultists struck at Tupate area killing a couple and their neighbour.
The incident happened at about 3am when an undisclosed number of cultists were said to have invaded the area wielding dangerous weapons.
Eye witnesses’ account said they were shouting and shooting in the air to wake up helpless residents but before anybody knew what was happening, they headed for an ancient building owned by Jayesinmi family where they gained entrance into one of the rooms and killed a male occupant.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that in the process, the victim’s wife was able to recognise some faces and she raised the alarm but the assailants commanded her to lie down and fired several shots at her, killing her instantly.
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It was believed to be a reprisal attack by some members of Aiye on the male deceased who was a perceived member of Eiye.
As soon as they were done with the couple, a suspected lunatic was said to have run into them who also incurred their wrath as he was felled by their bullet.
As if this was not enough, they were said to have proceeded to the palace for further attacks but this was resisted due to prompt arrival of men of Rapid Response Squad.
It was gathered that a similar attack on the Aga office of a local vigilance group occurred about three weeks ago though no life was lost in the incident which occurred at about 7pm.
The Friday incident has made people to stay away from some parts of Ikorodu like Aga/Ijomu, Ita-Elewa, Owolowo, Obun-Ale, Tupate, Ejina, Ojogbe and Ireshe road among others.
As at the time of this report, there was palpable fear in some parts of Ikorodu as residents claimed they could no longer sleep with their eyes closed in spite of heavy presence of both local vigilance groups and law enforcement agents in strategic places.
Police confirm cult clashes
Confirming the cult clash, the Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana, in a statement, said that the clash started at about 10pm on Thursday.
According to him, Police received a distress call that some cult members from two rival groups engaged themselves in a supremacy battle along Isikalu palace and Solomade area, Ikorodu.
“The Command’s Anti Cultism Unit and patrol teams from Ikorodu were promptly drafted to the scene. The leader of the gang, who has been on the wanted list of the Command, Yusuf Omidele ‘m’ popularly known as General was arrested and twenty other cultists. General was charged to Court on several occasions and sentenced to prison. He completed his last sentence in 2014 and have become an Elder-in- Council, in Eiye Confraternity.
“He led his gang in a reprisal attack on the members of Aye confraternity, whom they alleged to have killed the wife of one of their leaders some weeks ago. The suspects arrested belong to both Aye and Eiye confraternity and have all confessed to belong to secret societies. Two cultists died from the cult clash and six others were injured. The massive onslaught launched by the Command on cultists and gangsters is a continuous operation with a view to arresting other fleeing members of the gangs,” Elkana added.
I’ve lost weight since taking over from Ambode -Sanwo-Olu
*Says Lagos state security is important to his administration
by Augustine Ehikioya
Barely ten days after taking over the number one political seat in Lagos State, the new Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday confessed that he has started losing weight due to the demands of the office.
The immediate past governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, had handed over the state to Sanwo-Olu on the 28th of May, 2019.
Sharing his experience so far with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Sanwo-Olu said “Well, the experience is real, it got to show that the challenges are real, they are there, it’s not a tea party. You don’t sleep and wake up and the traffic has gone down, you don’t sleep and wake up and there is no rain and that you’ve resolved Apapa gridlock, it’s real.
“So it’s something that has psychologically prepared one for. So the best thing to do is to ensure that you are not about looking for what the other person did but it’s for Lagosians seeing you do what you said you are going to do for them.
“You don’t do it from the office, you have to do it from the road, you have to do it so that people will see and truly know that you mean business.
“I dare say that I have lost weight and probably I will lose a little bit more but I think it’s what the job entails and is to also ensure that you have the right team of people that would also support you.
“So when as a leader, you show that leadership support, then the message itself will trickle down and trickle down very well and that is why we have to take that very bold idea and you’re going to see a lot.” he said
On the level of progress concerning the Apapa gridlock, Sanwo-Olu said “It’s a work in progress. If you go to Lagos now, you will see that they have started clearing it. So for us, it’s not just to do it but to ensure that we sustain it.
“So sustainability is critical. It’s to build a model where it’s sustainable and we are not also involving the big players we are also discussing with them – the shippers council, the shipping lines, NPA, NIMASA and all of them that are stakeholders in the conversations around port utility, we are settling it.
“We will continue to engage ourselves and come up with a sustained resolution, not just a one off.” he added.
Asked to speak on regional cooperation to check kidnapping and banditry in the South West, he said “It’s still work in progress and we have a southwest leader who I am sure has also addressed the press on the matter.
“I don’t want to be at the risk of preempting what that body will do, let us wait for them to come up with a proper action plan at the regional level and let’s see what solution it will come with.” he said
On how the issue of security the state governors discussed with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, relates to Lagos State, he said “Security is everybody’s businesses but as a governor we also have a major responsibility to ensure that as number one security officer of the state, security of lives and properties is also paramount as the chief executive officer of a state.
“But beyond the fact that everybody has some responsibilities or the other, just as a father has his kids, a wife is to her children as managing director is to his staff, so the state Governor also is to the entire state.
“So It’s a work in progress for us as a state and for me in particular, it’s something that I take it very seriously. We are not just to be mouthing it but we make sure that we put resources in place and strategies.
“We’ve been talking about domesticating and pushing part of the initiatives around security trust fund, that we’ve done.
“We will continue to engage, and continue to identify. What are the sources, what are the underlining issues that are bringing about it? Are they economic? Is it more than that? So that we will also attack the root cause. It is something that is for us as a government since we are looking for investors.
“We certainly must continue to be in a position where we can give confidence to all our investors that it’s a safe haven to come and invest. So for me, it’s important, it’s paramount and I thank Mr President for calling us to have this conversation” he said
by Oziegbe Okoeki Immediate past Speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa was on Friday re-elected as Speaker of the 9th Lagos Assembly.
The election took place immediately after Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, read the proclamation of the 9th Assembly.
Obasa was returned unopposed as he remained the only nominated candidate at the close of nomination.
He was nominated by Hon. Olanrewaju Oshun, Lagos Mainland 2 constituency and seconded by Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu, Agege 1 constituency.
In his citation, Oshun who also nominated Obasa for the same position in 2015, said he nominated him again because he made the lawmakers proud with his performance in the last four years.
He pointed out the fact that his constituency returned him to the Assembly for a record fifth time means they have confidence in him and he has performed to their expectation.
All the returning former principal officers also retained their positions.
They are: Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni as deputy speaker; Hon. Sanai Agunbiade Majority Leader; Chief Whip, Hon. Rotimi Abiru; Deputy Majority Leader, Hon.Olumuyiwa Jimoh; the only new principal officer is the Deputy Chief Whip, Hon. (Mrs.) Mosunmola Sangodara who took over from the outgoing deputy chief whip.
Sanwo-Olu expressed gratitude to Lagosians for voting for APC as seen in the Lagos Assembly made up of all APC members, saying it is an eloquence testimony of Lagosians preference for progressive ideals.
While proclaiming the Assembly, Sanwo-Olu, stated that he would be inaugurating the 9th Assembly in line with Section 105, sub-section 3 of the constitution.
The Governor, who appreciated the people of Lagos State for their support at the polls, urged the lawmakers to live up to the expectations of the people.
“As you commence the legislative duties it is important to remind ourselves that we are all accountable to the people of the state.
The essence of democracy is checks and balances and seperattion of power. Lagos State has always been a pacesetter and it will continue to remain one.
“As progressive partners in this dispensation, we have a responsibility to raise the bar and it is important to uphold this. We should activate the process to develop the state that is home to over 20 million people,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu added that the responsibility for oversight functions and the accuracy with which it deserved was very important for the lawmakers, stressing that he was committed to the full implementation of the 2019 budget, which he said was important to the progress of the people of the state.
“I will be seeking your support for the quick passage of some bills that will be useful for the progress of the state.
“I must congratulate all of us for the victory at the polls. We must honour our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinunu that has worked hard to sustain our democracy. I wish you a successful tenure in the 9th Assembly,” he said.
In his speech after he took the oath of office, Obasa thanked the governor for proclaiming the 9th Assembly and congratulated him for his election.
He commended Lagosians for the trust reposed in their representatives through their votes at the election.
Obasa expressed gratitude to his colleagues for the confidence reposed in him by reflecting him for a second term, saying he is aware of the responsibility the office demands from him, he also thanked his constituents in Agege for giving him a fifth term making it possible for the speakership position.
“I promise to make you proud, I will not let you down, your relecting me for a second term as speaker goes a long way to demonstrate the level of confidence and trust reposed in me”.
While assuring that the House would apply legislation to define Lagos of everybody’s dream, he however added that the legislature will collaborate with other arms of government especially the executive to take Lagos to the next level.
Promising that the House will remove all the obstacles put in its way to hinder legislative duties.
Obasa told his colleagues: “We have a huge responsibility before us to serve the people and ensure we perform our constitutional responsibility without fear or favour”, assuring Lagosians that “we will protect your interest and ensure that dividends of democracy gets to all and sundry”.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, signed the Lagos State 2019 Appropriation Bill into law.
Sanwo-Olu signed the budget which amounts to N873,532,460,725. The budget has recurrent expenses of N393, 841, 387 (45 per cent) Capital expenses of N479, 691, 775 (55 per cent).
The budget proposal of N852bn was submitted to the State House of Assembly on February 5, 2019 by former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode but N21bn was allegedly added to the budget by the lawmakers.
Ambode had been threatened with impeachment for delaying the submission of the budget proposal.
However, after submitting the budget, the House deliberated on it and finally passed it on April 30, 2019.
Ambode had presented a total budget of N852.3bn to the house, explaining that there was a reduction in the projected revenue of the state, which affected the implementation of the 2018 budget estimates.
The budget presented by Ambode had ₦389.6bn as recurrent expenditure, while capital expenditure was put at ₦462.8bn, which represented capital/recurrent ratio of 54:46.
Ambode further said the projected total revenue for 2019 is ₦775.2bn, of which ₦606.3bn is expected to be generated internally and ₦168.9bn is expected from federal transfers, while a total of ₦77.1bn will be sourced through deficit financing within the medium-term expenditure framework.
‘We couldn’t save her because the flood was massive’ — man who witnessed Adewura Bello’s last moment speaks
When Adewura Lateefat Bello left her place of work in Ikeja, Lagos, on May 15, she never knew that she would neither get home safely nor return there the next day but fate dealt a crushing blow on her, leaving her siblings and those who knew the young, beautiful, smart and reserved lady with memories.
It was a rainy day and the rain came with flood. The 26-year-old chartered accountant was rushing home to break the Ramadan fast with her family but just less than five minutes to her destination, she went into the journey of no return and the rest, as they say, is history.
HER LAST CONVERSATION
Around 7pm on that day, she told her sister, Fadesola, on phone, that she was around Cement bus stop, a distance of two kilometers from Gowon estate, Egbeda where her family lived. When she didn’t show up on time, Fadesola called her again; the phone rang but she did not pick. Fadesola might have assumed that it was because of the rain but when the day slipped into midnight, it dawned on the family that something was amiss but they probably didn’t know the depth of the situation. The search commenced immediately. After several hours of fruitless search, family and friends took to the social media to declare her missing, appealing to those who had information on her whereabouts to reach out but that also did not help in bringing her back.
Her corpse was said to have been found at a canal in Abule Odu in Alimosho local government area of Lagos. She was reportedly recognised thorugh the shirt she wore last and a birthmark as her face had been badly damaged.
On Sunday, Benjamin, Bello’s cousin, took to Twitter to announce that her body had been found in a canal.
“Thank you all for the search. Adewura is Dead. Her Body found in a canal. Heaven has gained an angel. We depart to meet again till we Meet again Adewura. Forever in our Heart. God, I am in pains but who am I the question you. Rip,” he tweeted.
‘WE WARNED THE MOTORCYCLE RIDER’
The manhole where Bello was believed to have slipped into. This metal fence wasn’t there when she fell
When TheCable visited the scene of the incident opposite Shagari estate, Ipaja, on Monday, the manhole was still open but had been guided with an iron fence. Residents had rallied round to prevent a recurrence of tragedy in the area.
According to witnesses, the victim had boarded a motorcycle behind the estate to take her home. As usual, the rain had wrecked havoc and flooded the street few meters away from a popular fast food restaurant. The motorcycle rider was warned not to pass through a flooded area, but he ignored the warning.
Bello was cut down in her prime
While meandering his way through the flowing water, the motorcycle tripped and fell. He was able to save himself and the motorcycle but Bello, however, was unlucky. The flood swept her away into the manhole that leads to a bigger canal.
“We warned the rider not to pass through the flood but he didn’t listen to us,” a mechanic, who didn’t want his identity disclosed, told TheCable.
“He rode near the manhole saying he could make his way through the flood to the other side. But he fell and he struggled for himself and the motorcycles. The lady was washed inside the hole. We couldn’t save her because the flood was massive.
“The driver was taken to Mosalasi police station and detained but he was later released.
“Anytime it rains, this whole place is usually covered up with high volume of water and it extends to the third street after Havana hotel. All the water from Shagari Estate, Mosan and other places around were diverted here. That’s why the whole street is bad. We always warn people not to pass there any time there’s flood.”
When asked why the manhole wasn’t covered, he said: “We had to open it anytime it rains so that the flood can pass through to the canal. If not, this place will become an ocean and destroy our properties. When we cover it, scavengers will remove it at night to sell to scrap dealers. So, it’s always open.”
An elderly man, who simply identified himself as Baba Segun, said the incident was unfortunate and avoidable. “Even as the manhole looks small, the canal is very big. Once my dog fell inside, I went inside and realised I was walking as though in subway. I think the canal terminates at a central sewage in Gemade estate.”
He added that after the flood subsided the next day, residents engaged two men to go inside the canal in search of Bello but they couldn’t get her.
“After the incident, we had to contribute money around here to put a metal fence around the manhole since we never can tell who the next victim could be, as we are in the raining season. Since we work here, we contribute money every year to buy truckloads of sand to fill the street to make it accessible for vehicles,” he said.
No policeman at Mosalasi police station was willing to speak. They insisted that only Bala Elkana, spokesman of the Lagos state police command, could comment on the issue. TheCable had demanded update on the the motorcycle rider who was arrested in connection with the incident. Elkana did not answer calls and is yet to reply text messages sent to him since Monday evening.
A SMART AND DEVOUT MUSLIM
Speaking with TheCable, Deolu Akinsanya, a school administrator who knew certain things about the deceased, described Bello, who hailed from Lagos Island, as a brilliant lady and a devout Muslim.
“I met her October 2018 when we both sat for an international English exam. She sat beside me. We have been friends since then and I call her at least once in two weeks,” Akinsanya said.
“She was based in Kigali, Rwanda where she worked with Deloitte before coming back to Nigeria. She’s special, kindhearted, gentle, smart and very down to earth. Also a devout Muslim.”
According to him, Adewura was born on March 3, 1993, second of three children and graduated from the department of accounting, University of Lagos (UNILAG) in 2013. He said she lost her father just six months ago.
When contacted, an elder brother of the deceased declined to comment on the matter. There are reports that Bello was buried at a cemetery in the Agege area of the state on Monday but TheCable cannot independently verify this.
The death of Bello has sparked a debate among Nigerians while some blame government not living up to its responsibilities, others attributed the tragic incident to the carelessness of residents. TheCable launched a campaign for her on Monday and many have been pouring out their minds.
We are dying of hunger, say retired Lagos teachers
Some retired workers from the Lagos State Ministry of Education have lamented the delay in the payment of their pensions.
The former teachers said more than two years after retirement, they had yet to receive any communication from the government over their entitlements.
They said while some of their colleagues had died without getting any payment, others were sick and lacked adequate medical care.
The retirees spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were afraid of intimidation.
A former primary school head teacher said all required documents for the processing and payment had been submitted.
She said, “I was a headteacher in a primary school before I retired in 2017. Till now, I have not received anything. All the documents they asked us to submit preparatory to our retirement were submitted. We were told that they had paid up till 2015. When will it get to us? Is it when we die and cannot eat the fruit of our labour? ”
Another retiree lamented that some pensioners lacked funds for basic necessities and had turned beggars.
“I also left service in 2017. Things are tough for many of us. For me, I have children who meet some of my needs. But what do we do about those who don’t have anything to rely on? Some have died of hunger, while many cannot even raise money to buy drugs.
“I served for 35 years. You can imagine someone who was getting paid for those years and for over two years has not received anything. How will such a person cope?” she said.
Another retiree, who also left service in 2017, said she hoped she would receive her entitlements while alive.
She lamented that life had been difficult for her family.
A former principal, who retired in 2015, however, told our correspondent that she received her pension entitlements in 2018.
She said retirees in her group embarked on “marathon prayers and fasting” before they got their payment “early.”
The sexagenarian said, “Those of us who retired in 2015 had to ask for divine intervention. It was sometime in 2018 that I got paid.
“The explanation our Pension Fund Administrators gave us was that our money was with the Lagos State Government. Our contributory pensions were remitted to our PFAs after April 2007. But the PFAs will not start paying when you retire until the government credits their accounts with their own part of the payment.
“Whenever we asked the government what was happening, they told us to wait for our bond. It was the day that Lagos State called us to come for our bond that we knew we were close to collecting our money.
“When they give you the bond certificate, you will submit it to your PFA, which will then add the value of the bond to the contributory pension. The result will be forwarded to the National Pensions Commission for processing.
“Based on a template, they will tell you the amount you can collect as a lump sum. That amount would be paid with the accumulated pensions from the date of your retirement. After that, you will start collecting the monthly pension.”
PUNCH Metro gathered that the hardship being suffered by retirees in Lagos made the group form the Lagos State Association of Retirees and PFA Pensioners.
During a meeting with the House of Assembly Committee on Establishment, Training, Pension and Public Service on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the Chairman of the group, Michael Omisande, lamented that retirees were going through tough times.
“…those who retired from 2016 till date have yet to receive a penny for the past three years. It is very pathetic for retirees not to collect anything and there is no medical treatment for them for those three or four years. This act has resulted in making retirees beggars, sick, homeless, debtors and useless in their communities. Many of us have died as a result of the delay in payment.
“We met with the government delegation led by the Head of Service on February 11, 2019, where we tabled our grievances. At that meeting, we suggested to the government to find funds at all cost to pay, with or without bailout as we know that Lagos State is richer than 33 states put together in the federation. We are also the richest in terms of IGR. Treatment of retirees in Lagos State should be used as a parameter for others in the federation. We should be seen living a healthy life.
“At the February meeting, we advised the government to pay within two months; the two months have expired while they have yet to pay 2016 retirees. As senior citizens who laboured to build the state to this level, we do not want to be pushed to the wall, as a hungry man is an angry man. As a matter of urgency, we need our money; we are dying,” he said.
According to Omisande, the group had observed that for the government to pay 2016 retirees only, it needed N15bn.
He added that at the rate of N1bn per month which the state currently pays retirees in the state, it would take 15 months to complete the payment for 2016 retirees alone.
“It is a very wrong approach. In the area of health, the government has neglected retirees totally. We appreciate the free medical policy made for retirees, but it is on paper alone. It is not working at all as there are no drugs and medical personnel are not being monitored,” he added.
Omisande urged the Assembly to increase the budgetary allocation to the Lagos State Pension Commission to enable the directorate to pay backlog of entitlements.
The President of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Bunmi Ogunkolade, appealed to the state government to pay the entitlements as a matter of urgency.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, asked the retirees to be patient.
“The payment of 2016 retirees is ongoing now. Payment of 2017 retirees will commence once it is concluded. Those who joined the government after 2007 when the Contributory Pension Scheme began, are paid a month after retirement. This is because the state fully funds its contribution to the scheme. Other pre-2007 pension schemes are being paid in arrears. Let me assure you that the 2017 batch will be treated very soon,” he said in a text message.
Lagos State Government Public Service Rules Foreword
It seems trite to contend that there is nothing that fairly mirrors the image, perception and indeed the effectiveness of any Government like the image, perception and effectiveness of its Public Service. I have heard people refer to the word “bureaucracy” as if it was itself a bad thing.
Checking up on the meaning of the word confirms what I already knew. It refers to a body of rules, procedures and processes by which things are done. In my opinion this is a good thing. A large workforce like the Lagos State Public Service, inclusive of its Local Government employees, numerous
Parastatals and Commissions comprising over one hundred thousand people, employed to relate with members of the public, provide services and solve problems, require Rules of Engagement. Without clear processes, rules and procedures, their conduct within and with members of the public would be simply chaotic. The “bureaucracy”, the rules, processes and procedures for the conduct of Public Service are contained in the “Public Service Rules” and this is a good thing.
What needs to be borne in mind is that society is evolving daily, people are changing, their needs are changing, technology is also having a huge impact in how things are being done. It is when the rules do not catch up with these changes that difficulties may arise and “bureaucracy” may become counter-productive.
Since the return of democratic governance in 1999, a lot of reforms have taken place in Lagos State, making the Lagos State Public Service the pack leader in developmental initiatives. Unfortunately, the existing Civil Service Rules was last reviewed in 1982.
Between then and now, reforms in Pension Administration, application of technology, adoption of Oracle software and business processes, unique Identity Numbers for Public Officers, extension of Maternity Leave for female officers from 3 months to 6 months with full pay, and the introduction of Paternity Leave for male officers have taken place. Service Charters and Mission Statements have now become part of the operational ethos of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Lagos State Government. I have had cause to utilize Executive Orders or cause the issuance of Circulars to bring these developments in conformity with the existing Rules.
In the circumstances, the necessity to revise the existing Rules becomes compelling. The new Public Service Rules is the outcome of the initiative to bring our bureaucracy in conformity with changing local and global trends. The change of nomenclature from “Civil Service Rules” to “Public” Service Rules is an attempt to make the rules applicable to Parastatals, Commissions and other Agencies of Government that have hitherto not been considered part of the main Civil Service; because Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government are inter- connected and inter-dependent, it is important
(i)that they all operate by a uniform set of processes and procedures in Human Resource Management.
The road to these new Rules is somewhat long. It started with the tenure of Yakub Abiodun Balogun as Head of Service, continued during the tenures of Adesegun Ogunlewe and Josephine Oluseyi Williams as Heads of Service and we reach a glorious completion during the tenure of Folashade Jaji as Head of Service.
I am grateful to all of them, the Office of Establishments and Training (the custodian), their staff, members of various Committees who contributed selflessly to the evolution of these new Rules and the State Executive Council members who debated and passed the motion for adoption and implementation. I can only now commend the new Rules to the entire Public Servants in the hope that they will improve the service delivery capacity of the Lagos State Public Service.
PREAMBLE This document is the product of intensive review of the rules and regulations guiding career management in the State Public Service. Without any iota of doubt, several reform programmes have been undertaken in the Lagos State Public Service since the advent of civilian rule in May 1999 and it is only logical that they be adequately accommodated in the new Public Service Rules. 2. Lagos State Public Servants are therefore enjoined to fully acquaint themselves with these Rules, which should be applied alongside corresponding Executive Orders, Instruments, Gazettes, Circulars and Notices as we are duty bound to operate in accordance with all Laws and Procedures guiding Public Service Management, Public Finance Management as well as Policies and Strategies in the State to ensure due diligence through transparency, accountability and probity in the conduct of Government business. 3. Accordingly, our attention is being drawn to the following guidelines, which should be taken into account while going through these Rules: (i) Method of Numbering Each Rule has been accorded a six-digit number. The first two indicate the Chapter; the next two, the Section; and the last two, the Rule Number. (e.g. 130201 is the First Rule in the second Section of the thirteenth Chapter or Rule One, Section Two of Chapter Thirteen.) (ii) Arrangement of Chapters, Sections and Rules There are eighteen Chapters arranged as listed in the Table of Contents (iii) Amendments Amendments to these Rules shall be effected through Circulars, which will be issued from time to time. (iv) Review of the Public Service Rules This treatise shall be reviewed periodically to update the provisions of the Rules. 4. This Public Service Rules should be widely circulated and made available to all categories of Public Servants in Lagos State as they are require to familiarize themselves with its contents. (Sgd) ‘Shade Jaji (Mrs.) Head of Service, Office of the Head of Service, The Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
Lagos State Government Public Service Rules
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i-ii
Preamble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi-xxiv
Chapter Subject Page
1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
2. Appointments and Exit from the Service . . . . . . . . 7
17. Reward for Outstanding Work . . . . . . . . . . . 147
18. Application of the Public Service Rules to Lagos State Government Parastatal Organisations . . . .. . . . 148
Lagos State Government Public Service Rules Contents
Index Lagos State Government Public Service Rules
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION Application 010101 Special Definitions 010102 Application of Public Service Rules to Female Civil /Public Servants. 010105 Public Service Rules to form part of inventory items 010107
CHAPTER 2 APPOINTMENTS AND EXIT FROM SERVICE
Section I – General Appointment to Senior Posts 020102 Appointment to Junior Posts 020103 Authority for Appointment 020104 Incremental date 020105 Seniority 020106 Unpaid staff prohibited 020107 Personal Records 020108 Date of birth 020108
Section 2 – Recruitment Definition 020201 Types of Appointment 020202 Trainee or pupil 020203 Probation 020204 Eligibility for Appointment 020205 Prior approval in certain cases. 020206 Procedure for appointment 020207 Personal Particulars 020208 Change of name owing to marriage 020208 Oath of Secrecy 020209 Secret society: prohibition of membership 020210 Contravention 020211
Section 3 – Rules for Appointment on Probation Period of probation 020301 Compulsory examination 020302 Confirmation or termination at the end of probationary period 020303
Section 4 – Rules for Appointment on Contract Definition 020401 Rules for Appointment on Contract 020402 Duration of Contract Appointment- 020403 Termination during current contract 020404 Re-engagement: Responsibility of Contract Officer 020405 Re-engagement: Responsibility of Permanent Secretary/ Head of Extra 020406 Ministerial Department/Agency Earlier notification of non-re-engagement 020407 Continuity of contract service 020408 Deferred leave 020409 Incremental date 020410 Appointment of retired officers on contract 020411 Promotion 020412
Section 5 – Secondment, Transfers, Conversion and Advancement Definitions 020501 Procedure 020501 Emoluments during Secondment 020501 Conditions to be met for transfer 020502 Posting of Officers outside their professional cadres prohibited 020502 Conversion on Senior posts 020503 Conversion on Junior posts 020503 Requirements for Conversion to the Administrative Officer cadre 020504 Salary on Advancement 020506
Section 6 – Promotion Eligibility 020601 Procedure 020601 From Junior to Senior Post 020603 Effective Date 020604 Notional promotion 020606 Promotion of a Contract Officer 020607
Section 7 – Exit from the Service Termination of appointment during probationary period 020701
Relinquishment of Appointment during probationary period 020702 Termination 020703 Resignation 020704 Leaving the Service during a leave year 020705
Pregnancy not a condition for exit 020705 Leaving the Service on grounds of failing an examination or abolition of office or re-organization 020706 Compulsory pension Contribution 020707 Processing of terminal benefits: guidelines 020708 Statutory Retirement 020709 Ways of leaving the Service 020710 Attendance at mandatory pre-retirement seminar 020712
Section 8 – Certificate of Service Authority 020801 Forms 020802 Purpose 020803 Timing 020804 Schedule (of engagement) Duties Emoluments Ill-health Dismissal Termination of Engagement Liability to make good damage Further employment Gratuity Leave
APPENDIX 3 CONTRACT AGREEMENT FOR A NON – NIGERIAN MARRIED TO A NIGERIAN CITIZEN
CHAPTER 3 ACTING APPOINTMENT Section 1 – Introduction When made 030101
Not made unless necessary 030102 Not a form of trial promotion 030103 Procedure 030104 Date of Commencement 030105 Date of Cessation 030106 Effect of Casual or Special Leave 030107 Acting Allowance 030108
CHAPTER 4 DISCIPLINE Section 1 – Introduction Officers to acquaint themselves with disciplinary rules in force 040101 Authority and delegation 040102 Delegated powers 040105 Postponement of disciplinary proceedings during Maternity Leave 040107
Section 2 – Obligations of Civil/Public Servants Civil Servant to appear before Commission 040201 Relevant documents to be made available to the Commission 040202 Failure to comply with requirements by Commission, a breach of discipline 040203
Section – 3 General Inefficiency Definition 040301 Drawing attention to shortcomings 040302 Removal for general inefficiency 040303 Removal of temporary staff for inefficiency 040304 Withholding of Increment: delegated powers 040305 Withholding of Increment: non-delegated powers 040305 Notification of defects 040306 Effective date of termination for inefficiency 040307
Section 4 – Misconduct Definition 040401 Issuing query 040402 Recommendations of Tribunals of Inquiry 040403 Reporting misconduct 040404 Disciplinary procedure for misconduct and serious misconduct 040405 Notification in writing 040406
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Engaging in business after office hours 040407 Working for institutions or Government Agencies during office hours 040408 Fines 040409 Powers of surcharge 040410 Money Lending 040411 Mode of dressing 040412 Unofficial testimonials 040413
Section 5 – Serious Misconduct Definition 040501 Procedure 040504 Interdiction 040505 Responsibility of interdicted officer 040506 Suspension 040507 Dismissal and its Effects 040508 Effective date of dismissal 040509 Officer to report criminal charge and its outcome 040510 Effects of criminal proceedings 040512 Suspension of convicted officers 040513 Absence without leave 040514 Serious financial embarrassment 040515 Oath of Secrecy 040516 Unauthorized disclosure of official information 040517 Abstraction or copying of official documents 040518 Secret personal records 040519 Removal of public records 040520 Removal of historical documents 040521 Publication and public utterances 040522 Political activities 040523 Resignation before seeking elective office 040524 Investments 040525 Prohibition of private practice 040526 Mineral discoveries 040527 Seeking influence of prominent persons 040528 Posting and residence 040529 Paid appointment during leave 040530 Private agency 040531
Statement on appointment 040532 Borrowing money 040533 Presents in recognition of service 040534 Gifts from traditional rulers 040534 Prohibition of bribery and corruption 040535
Section 6 – Conduct Prejudicial to the Security of the State 040601
Section 7 – Retirement in Public Interest 040701
APPENDIX 4 Official Secrets Act, Cap. 335 Commencement Protection of Official Information, etc. Protection of Defence Establishment e.t.c. Restrictions of photography, etc during periods of emergency- Cap. 62 Control of mail forwarding agencies etc. Power to require information as to offences under this Act. Search warrants Penalties and legal proceedings Supplementary provisions as to offence Interpretation etc. Short title, extent and repeal. Cap. 144 of the 1958 Edition Limitation of repeal made by Cap. 144 of 1958 Laws of Nigeria, 1962, No. 39
CHAPTER 5 SALARIES AND INCREMENTS Section 1 – Salaries Payment of Salaries 050101 Salary on appointment 050102 Salary on transfer from other Government 050103 Salary on promotion within incremental scales 050104
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Section 2 – Increment Rules Definition 050201 Increments not as of right 050202 Incremental Date 050203 Grounds for withholding or deferring 050204 Deferred Increment 050205 Withheld Increment 050206 Withheld or deferred increment not restorable 050207 Suspending of Increments 050208
CHAPTER 6 STAFF PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
Section 1 – General Reporting Officer 060101 Performance Appraisal Reports to be detailed and candid 060103 Communication of reports to officers – Letter Day 060104 What to do by Head of Department not familiar with officer reported upon 060105
Section 2 – Progress Reports on Officers Progress Report on Officer on Probation/ Initial Contract 060201 Timing 060202 In Special Cases 060203 Reports on Officers on training courses 060204 Procedure 060205 Secondment to Ministry/Extra-Ministerial Department/ Agency 060206 Secondment to corporation, or State-owned companies 060207
Section 3 – Rendition of Staff Performance Appraisal Reports on Officers Purpose 060301 Period 060302 Action by officers 060303 Open Reporting System 060305 Department routine 060306
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Action by Permanent Secretary/ Head of Extra-Ministerial Department 060307
CHAPTER 7 PRESCRIBED EXAMINATIONS FOR CONFIRMATION/PROMOTION
Section 1 – General Textbooks allowed 070101 Examination Committee 070102 Failure to pass examination 070103 Refusal to take confirmation examination 070104 Time of holding Confirmation Examination 070105
Section 2 – Combined Confirmation/Promotion Examination for clerical officers and Clerical Assistants
Section 3 – Compulsory Examination For Administrative Officers General 070301 Exemption 070302
Section 4 – Compulsory Examination For Executive Officers (All Cadres) Officers who are required to pass 070401 Syllabuses of examination 070402 Examination Fees 070403
CHAPTER 8 MEDICAL/DENTAL TREATMENT AND PROCEDURES
Section 1 – General Definitions 080101 Medical documents to be treated as confidential 080102 Medical examination on appointment 080103 Special medical tests 080104 Medical tests for Officer on Leave of Absence 080105 Procedure 080106
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Leave to visit medical specialist/ dentist 080107
Section 2 – Facilities for Medical Treatment State Government Medical Facilities 080201 Officer bears expenses 080202 Expenses Refundable in Special Circumstances 080203
TREATMENT ON BOARD SHIP/AIRCRAFT AND ABROAD Officers embarked as invalids 080204 Officers falling seriously ill on voyage to or from Nigeria 080205 Medical expenses during overseas leave or on duty 080206 Medical treatment overseas. 080207
PROCEDURE FOR MEDICAL CHECK-UP ANNUAL MEDICAL CHECK-UP FOR PUBLIC SERVANT Annual Medical Check-up 080210
Section 3 – Absence From duty on Account of Illness
Types of Medical Certificates 080301 How obtained 080302 Responsibilities of officers: duty to notify address 080303 Duty to report to Employer when sick 080304 Duty to seek and comply with medical advice 080305 Duty to appear before a Medical Board and to comply with recommendations 080306 Who is responsible? 080307 Recording of addresses 080307 Enquiries about absentees 080307 Reporting of staff member’s sickness 080307 Instructions to Officer reporting sick 080307 Constitution of Medical Board 080307
RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEDICAL OFFICERS When patient attends in person 080308 When Department reports patient unable to attend 080309
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When a patient sends private practitioner’s report 080310 Reports to Ministries/ Extra- Ministerial Department 080311
SICK LEAVE Officer who does not cover his Absence from duty with proper authority 080312 Power to grant an extension of leave to an Officer who is ill 080313 Aggregate sick leave for Officers 080314 Invaliding 080315 Payment to hospitalised officer 080316
Section 4 – Matters relating to Injuries Application 080401 Action by injured officer 080402 Action by medical officer 080403 Action by Department 080404
Section 5 – Benefits and Repatriation of Corpses Death of Nigerian Officer/ spouse overseas. 080501
CHAPTER 9 COMPENSATION, INSURANCE SCHEME AND PERSONAL EFFECTS
Section 1 – Compensation for loss of Private Property Personal effects 090101 Motor Vehicles 090102
Section 2 – Passenger Flight Insurance Insurance at government’s expense 090201 Responsibility for insurance 090202 Stop-over facilities. 090203 Marine Insurance on motor vehicles. 090204
Section 3 – Packing of Personal Effects Application 090301 Facilities provided 090302
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Section 4 – Group Life/Group Personal Accident Insurance (Welfare Package) Definition / Scope of Cover 090401 Insurer 090402 Consideration 090403
CHAPTER 10 GRIEVANCES AND PETITIONS/APPEALS
Section 1 – General Whistle blowing /Grievance definition 100101 Procedure 100103 Petition to Head of Government 100104
Section 2 – Petition Application 100202 External influence 100203 Identity of petitioner 100204 Petition submitted on behalf of an illiterate 100205 Routing of petition 100206 Number of copies 100207 Disqualification 100208 Delay in petition to be explained 100208 Conclusion of petition 100209
CHAPTER 11 OCCUPATION OF GOVERNMENT QUARTERS
Section 1 – General : Occupation of Staff Quarters Certain postings necessitate occupation of specific quarters 110101 No compulsion to occupy Government quarters 110102 Government Housing Scheme participants not to be given preference 110103 Condition attached to occupation of State Government quarters: Payment of rent 110104 Subletting prohibited 110105
Index Lagos State Government Public Service Rules
Care of Quarters 110106 Alterations to structure and fixtures prohibited 110107 Removal of furniture prohibited 110108 Notice of vacation 110109 Taking over and handing over 110110 Responsibility for deficiency and damage 110111 Responsibility for payment of utility bills 110112 Responsibility for notifying Electricity and Water Authorities 110113 Vacation of quarters on resignation, transfer, retirement or Dismissal 110114 Ejection from Quarters 110114
Section 2 – Officers holding Senior Posts Retention of Government quarters during vacation leave 110201 Rate of Rents 110204
Section 3 – Officers holding Junior Posts Application 110301 Junior Officers not entitled to Government quarters 110302 Retention of Government quarters during vacation leave 110303 Compulsory occupant exempted 110304 Period of rent 110305
CHAPTER 12 LEAVE
Section 1 – Definitions Leave 120101 Leave Address 120102 Earned Leave 120103 Leave- Earning Service 120104 Date of resumption 120105 Leave year 120106 Tour 120107 Types of leave 120201 Annual Leave 120202 Annual vacation leave is compulsory 120203 Authority for leave 120204 Dismissal 120205
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Leave to be on working days only 120206 Casual/Sick Maternity Leave inclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 120207 Entitlement to leave allowance. 120208 Annual Leave entitlement 120209 Qualifying period for Annual leave 120209 Annual Leave Roster 120210 Approval for vacation 120210 Leave of Permanent Secretaries/ Heads of Extra- Ministerial Departments 120211 Leave without pay to be reported to the Treasury and Audit 120212 Leave for Temporary Staff 120213 Normal grant of annual leave 120214 Approval to spend Annual leave abroad 120215 Leave address 120216 Date of Resumption from Vacation Leave 120217 Curtailment of Leave 120218 Procedure on return from leave 120219 Conditions of leave for new entrants 120220 Officers entitled to pro-rata leave 120221 Deferred leave 120222 Deferment of leave: during exigencies 120223 Count against deferred leave 120224 Special leave for courses of study 120225 Duty during leave 120226 Extension of Leave Ground of Public policy 120227 Urgent Private Affairs 120228 Application for Extension 120229 Leave for Cultural and sporting events 120230 Casual leave 120231 Qualifying period for casual leave 120232 Sick Leave 120233 Maternity Leave 120234 Twenty-Four week Maternity Leave 120235 Twelve-week Adoption Leave 120235 Time-off for Nursing Mothers 120236 Paternity Leave 120237
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Leave for Examination 120238 Sabbatical Leave 120239 Study Leave 120240 Types of Study Leave 120241 Study Leave with Pay 120244 Conditions for Study Leave without pay 120245 Leave for Religious purposes 120246 Leave on compassionate grounds 120247 Leave of Absence 120248 Types of leave 120249 Leave of Absence to Join spouse on course of instruction abroad 120250 Leave of Absence to Joint spouse on grounds of public policy 120251 Leave of Absence for Technical Aid Corps Programmes 120252 Leave of Absence for Non-elective Political appointment 120253 Leave of Absence for Spouses of President, Vice President, Governor and Deputy Governor 120254 Leave on retirement 120255 Leave on Permanent invalidation 120256 Leave to attend important trade union conference/ business 120257 Overstaying Leave 120258
CHAPTER 13 FREE TRANSPORT FACILITIES WITHIN GOVERNMENT Section 1 – Economy in use of Transport Necessity for Journey 130101 Choice of route 130102
AUTHORITY FOR USE OF TRANSPORT How Given 131103 Must be specific and not exceed approved rates 130104 Free transport facilities not transferable 130105 Transport of Orderlies or Personal Assistants 130106 Precaution with use of Waterways 130107
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Section 2 – Free Transport Facilities Available General 130201
TYPES OF JOURNEYS Duty Journeys 130202 Journeys to new station 130203 Free transport facilities available for duty journeys 130204 Transport of motor vehicle and auto cycle for repair 130205 Free transport for motor vehicle and motor/auto- cycle 130206
Section 3 – Miscellaneous rules regarding Free Transport Facilities Extra Equipment 130301 Official Documents e.t.c. by Air 130302 Use of Government transport from house to airport, motor parks, etc. 130303
Section 4 – Standard guidelines for engaging newly-recruited officers with rare skill from overaeas miscellaneous rules for transport facilities at governments Eligibility 130401
CHAPTER 14 DUTY AND COURSES OF INSTRUCTION WITHIN AND OUTSIDE NIGERIA
Section 1 – General Application 140101 Definitions 140101 Interruption of training courses 140102 Bond Agreement 140103 PROCEDURE Obtaining Approval 140104 Briefing of officer 140105 Special duty visit: Effect on Leave 140106
Discharging duties during Vacation Leave, away from normal place of residence 140204 Refund of daily travelling expenses abroad 140205
Section 3 – Courses of Instruction Outside Nigeria Conditions 140301 Passage 140302 Courses with special rates 140304 Overseas employment during training courses 140305
EXTERNALLY – ASSISTED COURSES Nomination 140306 Conditions 140307 Certain courses to be granted as leave without pay 140308
Section 4 – In-service Trading and Local Courses of Instruction Definition 140401 In-Service Training 140403 Definition 140404 Local Course Allowance 140405 Mandatory Pre-Retirement Workshop for retiring officers 140406
PART-TIME COURSE OF STUDIES Part-time Studies – Approval 140407
CHAPTER 15 ALLOWANCES Section 1 – General Definition 150101 Types of Allowances 150102 Allowances Subject to Periodic Review 150103 Rent Subsidy – Officers not eligible 150104 Non- Accident Bonus 150105 Keeping of Record of all Accidents 150106 Forfeiture of bonus 150107 When payable 150108 Domestic servants of officers 150109 Allowance of domestic servants 150110
Allowance Secretarial Staff 150111 Shift Duty Allowance for non-health professionals 150112 Hotel Accommodation Allowance for newly-appointed, newly-posted officers 150113 Duty Tour Allowance 150114 Entitlement on Duty Visit Outside Nigeria 150118 Estacode Allowance 150119 Estacode Supplementation Allowance 150120 Travelling Days 150121 Local Course Allowance 150123 Book/Project Allowance 150124 Overtime Definition 150126 Authority for Overtime and Entitled Officers 150127 Treatment of officers not qualified for overtime payment 150128 Work-free days 150129 Effect on acting appointment 150130 Limitation of total monthly overtime 150131 Payment for time worked on work-free days 150132 Uniform Allowance 150134 Acting Allowance: When payable 150135 Rates of Acting Allowance 150136 Effect of Acting Appointment on allowance 150137 The effect on certain special remuneration 150138 Officer receiving personal allowances 150139 Contract Officers and re-engaged pensioners 150140 Consolidated Salary 150141 Resettlement Allowance 150142 Resettlement Allowance not an Emolument 150142 Resettlement Allowance: Rate of payment 150143 Definition of Transfer 150144 Not payable if transfer is at officer’s request 150145 Part-Time Teaching Allowance: 150146 Full-Time Teaching Allowance 150147 House Master/Mistress Allowance 150148 Science/Mathematics Teaching Allowance 150149 Laboratory Attendants Allowance 150150
Section 2 – Transport Allowance Definition 150201
Section 3 – Kilometre Allowance Rules Limited to official runnings 150301 House to office journeys excluded 150302 Not payable when other transport used 150303 Motor Cycle: Rate of Allowance 150304 Motor Vehicle: Rate of Allowance 150305 Claims for Allowance 150306
CHAPTER 16 INNOVATIONS/INVENTIONS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE
Section 1 – General Appointment 160101 Functions 160102 Procedure 160103 Provisional protection of inventions 160104
CONTROLLING RIGHT IN PATENTS Government’s opinion 160105 Rates applicable when the officer is allowed controlling rights 160106 Rates applicable when the officer is not allowed controlling rights 160107 AWARDS AND SHARE OF COMMERCIAL PROCEEDS Determination 160108 Modification 160109 Secrecy 160110
CHAPTER 17 REWARD FOR OUTSTANDING WORK
Definition 170001 Basis of awards 170002 Frequency of awards 170003 Nature of awards 170004 Procedure for selection 170005
Unique acts 170006 Certificate of merit 170007
CHAPTER 18 APPLICATION OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE RULES TO LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT PARASTATAL ORGANISATIONS
Section 1 – General Definition 180101 Classification 180102 Existing R ules/ Conditions o f Service 180103 Section 2 – Boards/Council Matters Functions of Boards/Councils 180201 Privileges of Members of Board 180202
Section 3 – Appointment and Promotions Authority for Appointment 180301 Appointment 180302 Authority of approve Promotion 180303
Section- 4 – Exit From the Service Exit from the Service 180401
Section 5 – Discipline Authority to Discipline 180501 General Application 180502 Application to the paramilitary 180503
Section 6 – Petition and Appeals Petition to Head of Government 180601
010101: It shall be the duty of every officer to acquaint himself with the Public Service Rules, other regulations and extant circulars. These Rules apply to all officers except where they conflict with specific terms approved by the State Government and written into the contract of employment or letters of appointment. In so far as the holders of the offices of: The Governor; The Deputy Governor; Rt. Hon. Speaker; Chief Judge of Lagos State; Hon. Members of the State House of Assembly; Hon. High Court Judges; The Auditor-General for Lagos State; The Auditor-General for Local Governments; The Chairmen and Members of the following Executive Bodies, namely: The State Civil Service Commission; The State Judicial Service Commission; The State House of Assembly Service Commission; The State Teaching Service Commission; The State Audit Service Commission; The State Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission; The State Health Service Commission; The State Local Government Service Commission; and any other similar organs that derive their appointments from the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or the Laws of Lagos State are concerned, these rules apply only to the extent that they are not inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or the Laws of Lagos State in so far as their Conditions of Service and any other law applicable to these officers are concerned. 010102: The special meanings, with which various words and terms are used for the purpose of particular chapters and sections in these Public Service Rules, are quoted at the beginning of such chapters or sections.
Lagos State Government Public Service Rules Chapter 1 010101
010103: Except where otherwise indicated by the context or in special definitions for particular Chapters, the following words and terms are used with the following meanings wherever they occur in this Public Service Rules: Basic Salary – a base pay excluding any inducement addition or other forms of allowances. Emolument is the total remuneration package as conveyed in an officer’s letter of appointment. Child (of a Public Servant) means a child who: (a) is under the age of 18 years; and (b) (i) is the officer’s biological offspring; or (ii) the officer’s step-child being the biological offspring of a spouse of the officer; or (iii) a child adopted by the officer in accordance with any statutory provision; and (c) is entirely dependent on the officer. Civil Service is a body or organ which enjoys continuity of existence and is usually referred to as Government’s central bureaucracy. Essentially, it covers Ministries and Extra-Ministerial Departments. Public Service is a body or organ which enjoys continuity of existence. It is made up of the Civil Service, the Teaching Service, the Health Service, the Local Government Service, the Judiciary, Parastatal Organisations, Government-Owned Companies and Tertiary Institutions. Ministry – a Government organization established for the formulation and execution of Government policies and programmes. The political head of the Ministry is the Commissioner while the Permanent Secretary who is a career officer, is the administrative head and Accounting Officer. Department/Directorate – the largest structure of a Ministry or Extra- Ministerial Department responsible for specific activities. It is headed by a Director who is accountable to the Permanent Secretary. Extra-Ministerial Department – a Department established by a constitutional provision. It is a State Executive body having the same status as a Ministry. Its head reports directly to the Governor. Examples of extra- ministerial bodies include the State Civil Service Commission, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, the State Judicial Service Commission, Office of the State Auditor General etc. Classified Correspondence means correspondence graded as Restricted, Confidential, Strictly Confidential, Secret or Top Secret. Established Post means a post provided for under the Personal Emoluments Sub-Head of the Estimates.
Gazette means the Lagos State Official Gazette. Administrative and Professional Cadres mean officers in the State Public Service holding the posts of: Director (XXX), G.L. 17 Deputy Director (XXX), G.L. 16 Assistant Director (XXX), G.L. 15 Chief XXX Officer, G.L. 14 Assistant Chief XXX Officer, G.L. 13 Principal XXX Officer, G.L. 12 Senior XXX Officer, G.L. 10 XXX Officer I, G.L. 09 XXX Officer II, G.L. 08 and such other posts as may be declared by the authority responsible for Establishments Matters in the State to be posts in the Cadres. Contract Appointment means an engagement of a person to an established office for a tour of two years renewable only once or as stipulated in the terms and conditions of his contract.
Commission includes the Lagos State Civil Service Commission and other Boards and Agencies.
Centrally Deployed Cadre means the Administrative Officer Cadre, Executive Officer Cadres, Secretarial Cadres, Accountant Cadre, Procurement Officer Cadre, Engineer Cadre, Architect Cadre, Surveyor Cadre, Information Officer Cadre, State Counsel Cadre, Medical/Dental Officer Cadres, Veterinary /Agricultural Officer Cadres, Internal Auditor Cadre, the Cadres of Statisticians, Auditors, Stores or any other that may be approved by any authority having responsibility for Establishments Matters in the State.
Civil Servant means any person or any officer holding or acting in any office in the State Civil Service and over whom the Civil Service Commission or any other similar body can exercise its powers as well as those whose Conditions of Service are covered by the Public Service Rules .All Civil Servants are Public Servants but not all Public Servants are Civil Servants. For example, Officers of the Lagos Water Corporation and Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority are Public Servants and not Civil Servants.
Executive Officer Cadre comprises Officers holding the posts of: Chief Executive Officer (XXX), G.L. 14 Assistant Chief Executive Officer (XXX), G.L. 13 Principal Executive Officer I (XXX), G.L. 12 Principal Executive Officer II (XXX), G.L. 10 Senior Executive Officer (XXX), G.L. 09 (XXX) (XXX) (XXX)
Higher Executive Officer , G.L. 08 Executive Officer , G.L. 07 Assistant Executive Officer , G.L. 06 It also includes officers holding corresponding “Executive” posts, e.g. Executive Officer (Accounts, Information , Audit e.t.c) posts. Permanent Secretary/Head of Extra-Ministerial Department/Agency means Accounting Officer of Ministry/Department/Agency (MDA). Officer, when used without qualification, means a member of staff in an established post, appointed either on permanent, temporary or contract basis. Expatriate Officer means a non-Nigerian member of staff .
Senior Posts are posts graded on Salary Grade Level 07 and above and other posts attracting fixed salaries of equivalent salary grade levels in Ministries or Extra-Ministerial Departments/Agencies.
Senior Officer means a member of staff in an established post, appointed on Salary Grade Level 07 and above.
Junior Officer refers to a member of staff in an established post, appointed on GL. 06 and below.
Member of staff means a person employed by any of the agencies of the Civil/Public Service of Lagos State.
Staff is the totality of all the persons employed by the Lagos State Government. Temporary Officer means a member of staff employed temporarily in an established post. Appointment should be limited to Medical Interns and Personal Aides of the Honourable Members of the State House of Assembly. Trainee means a person appointed to a training post in any grade; it includes a pupil. Monthly-Rated means employment on monthly rates of pay. Wife/Husband (of an officer) means a spouse married under the Marriage Act, Islamic or Customary Law.
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18 die, 41 injured in Lagos Island building collapse
by Tajudeen Adebanjo, Olatunde Odebiyi and Kofoworola Belo-Osagie
No fewer than 18 persons died yesterday when a four-storey building collapsed on Lagos Island. Forty-one others were injured.
The incident occurred at No 14, Massey Street, Opposite Oja, Ita-Faaji.
The building, housing Ohen Private Nursery and Primary School on its third floor, caved in at about 10:20am, trapping scores of pupils.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, who confirmed the casualty figure, said many of the rescued were taken to Lagos Island General Hospital, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), among others.
The Nation learnt that the large number of casualties sparked a shortage of blood with the general hospital calling for donors.
Idris said rescue efforts will continue today.
According to Lagos State Emergency management Agency (LASEMA) General Manager Adeshina Tiamiyu, over 41 people were rescued from the rubble of the building, which had been marked for demolition since 2014.
An eyewitness, Abayomi Olaniyan, said he was among those rescuing the victims before the official rescue team came.
Olaniyan, said: “Some were rescued alive, some dead. One of the teachers still called shortly that she was on the ground floor of the collapsed building, trapped with 20 pupils.
“Something similar happened around here last year. The issue of building collapse is common here and government must do something about it. Houses will be marked and due for demolition but they will not demolish it; they will renovate it. So many houses here are weak; they are meant to be demolished but they will tell you they are renovating it; they will only paint it.”
An eyewitness, Bola Ogunyemi, said: “The pupils were already lined up from their third floor classes when the school owner noticed that the building was cracking. Before the kids could be arranged from their classes, the building had collapsed”. The school owner and some kids have been taken to the hospital.”
Some youths who are resident in the area were complaining that the rescue efforts were slow.
Since they were told to leave the scene, nobody was removed for about 30 minutes, they said at about 5p.m.
The officers and LASEMA officials, the boys said, were not doing enough.
Some of the boys were recalled to the scene.
The school owner was among the first casualties.
She was taken to the General Hospital, where she died after efforts by the medicals to save her proved abortive.
A distraught mother of two victims urged the rescuers to help bring out her son, Luqman, from the rubble.
The woman’s daughter, Tobi, had earlier been rescued.
Among the victims is a woman, who called his brother that she was still trapped.
She told her brother that the caterpillar was on their floor, pleading that it should be moved back
“I am under the caterpillar. Help tell the driver to move back,” the victim under the rubble told her troubled brother.
An expectant woman was among those that were pulled out of the rubble alive. A man, who was trapped in the building, was said to have come home to eat. He was yet to be rescued as at press time.
A man, Bashiru Alagbala, who came to visit his wife, was brought out dead.
A family of four – father, mother, son and grandson – was also trapped. Father, mother and grandson were rescued but the son was said to be still under the rubble.
A source told The Nation that one of the dead was a pupil, who turned 10 yesterday.
The source said: “Today (yesterday) is his birthday and it is unfortunate that he died today. I learnt that he told his mother that he did not want to go to school today (yesterday). His mother must have seen him as a lazy boy. Sometimes, these little children see what we adults do not see. His mother should have talked about why he did not want to go to school, but I learnt his mother forced him to go and he died. She must be regretting that now.”
Another source said a pair of twin brothers was also trapped in the building. One was said to have died; the other was rescued alive with serious injuries.
A woman, who refused to be named, said her daughter, Azeezat, was still trapped in the rubble. She said she had been to all the hospitals but did not find her.
A former teacher in the school, Bukola Salami, said the building had been shaking since last year.
“I worked in the school for six months and I resigned last December because the building was shaking. When I was in the school, I used to hear sounds as if someone was throwing stones from the walls. The building cracks and the walls shake at times. I told the school owner about my observations, I told her to relocate the school elsewhere, but she said there was no money for the school to be relocated. I resigned last year because of the fear that someday the building might collapse.”
Where are the victims?
A nurse at Massey Street Children Hospital, Lagos Island, told The Nation that some of the victims brought to the hospital were given first aid and transferred to other hospitals for proper medical care.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Titi Gonclaves, told reporters at the Lagos Island General Hospital that five of the 20 early casualties were transferred to other hospitals after being attended to.
At the entrance of the hospital was pasted 41 names of the stable survivors: 22 females, 17 males. Two were unidentified.
Crowd hampered rescue, says Health Commissioner
Commissioner for Health Jide Idris confirmed the casualty figures of 18 deaths and 41 injured.
He lamented that the large number of spectators slowed down rescue efforts and he could not give a definite casualty figure until today.
Idris said: “Our doctors and nurses are working round the clock. A lot of them were mobilised from different hospitals down here. Doctors from federal institutions are also assisting because of the seriousness of this incident.
“We will not be able to give full information now until tomorrow (today) morning. Some have been taken to LASUTH, LUTH and we don’t know if more people will be rescued.
“The state of things now is getting calm than earlier because there were a lot of emotions.
The medical teams have done their best. It would have been done better and faster but for the crowd.
“So far all we care is to bring people out alive.”
General Hospital seeks blood donors
The Lagos Island General Hospital was last night calling for voluntary blood donors.
The hospital’s Blood Donor Clinic said it had received 50 pints of blood at press time, with more people responding to the call.
An official at the clinic, Akin, thanked the donors.
“Most of the victims brought here today (yesterday) are casualties and most of the blood donated here are majorly used for casualties.
“We screen for our donors, we check for TTI and PCV, then we check to know if the donor is fit.
The minimum requirement for a female donor is 38 percent at least, while male is 40 percent upwards. Then we also check if the female donor is not on her period, we check for malaria and other tests; if they are fit, we start the procedure.
“Blood is life, we thank the blood donors for coming out en masse to support the hospital and the government,” Olojo told The Nation.
Ambode orders probe, takes over victims’ medical expenses
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode commiserated with families of the victims and promise to pay the victims’ medical bills.
Ambode, who visited the scene of the incident at about 2:42pm, described the incident as “unfortunate”.
He urged residents to allow rescuers space to carry out their operations.
Ambode said: “I want to commiserate with the families of those that lost their lives in this collapsed building. I want to quickly let Lagosians know that this is quite an unfortunate incident. All we are trying to do is to scale up this rescue operation.
“Our response units are already here; we are getting additional cranes to be able to go deeper than where we are now to rescue more lives.
“I just want to appeal to people that when we are doing this kind of rescue operation, yes, sympathisers will naturally come, but I want to appeal that they should give the rescue workers the chance to save more lives.”
The Governor said his Deputy, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, was visiting hospitals where some of the victims rescued had been taken to.
“The Deputy Governor is in the hospital actually taking care of those that were rescued and taken to the hospital, most especially the children. We will immediately take care of whatever it is that we can do, including the hospital bills.
“All we are interested in now is to save more lives and also see how those that have been rescued are put in proper place and proper care,” Ambode said.
‘Several buildings marked for demolition’
Ambode said he had received information that the building was residential, with the school operating illegally within the premises.
He said most of the buildings in the area had been marked for demolition but that some property owners defied such notices. Structurally defective buildings would be demolished, he stressed, adding:
“The first observation is that this is an old building and it is only the penthouse and the other floors that we have been able to use to rescue people.
“So far, from what I have been briefed, we have rescued about 25 people and some already dead but we were earlier informed that it was a school; the building is not technically a school; it is a residential building that was actually accommodating an illegal school, so to speak, on the second floor.
“Like we have said, we have been carrying out a lot if integrity tests on the buildings in this neighborhood and, as you can see, some of them have been marked for demolition but we get resistance from landlords, but we must continue to save lives and we would intensify our efforts to see that those that have failed our integrity test, we would ensure that they are quickly evacuated and we’ll bring the structures down,” he said.
Ambode also said a probe would be carried out immediately rescue operations are concluded. Those found culpable, he promised, will be dealt with in accordance with the laws.
“This is unfortunate but we will investigate what has happened and also see the punishment for whoever are the culprits.
‘’That is the secondary level but the most important thing right now is to save lives and I just appeal to people that they should give us the chance to save more lives,” he said.
Responding to a concern raised by a resident on the increase in illegal schools in the area, Ambode said all schools that fall within that category would be closed down.
‘Why LASEMA couldn’t bring in heavy equipment’
LASEMA General Manager Adeshina Tiamiyu said the environment did not allow the agency to bring in bigger equipment.
He said: “So far, over 40 people have been rescued by joint efforts of the community. They had rescued many people and we came and joined them with the efforts of other agencies.
“The work we have done here today has been by the help of this community and those of us in the official rescue team. They had been rescuing people before we came. We are trying to decide where to rescue them from. But we are doing our best.
“We must get to the bottom of the building, and account for everybody that they claim is in the building.”
Private owners disown school
Two main private school associations – the Association for Formidable Educational Development (AFED) and the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) – denied any link with the collapsed school.
The National President of AFED, the umbrella group of private schools for low-income earners, Mr Emmanuel Orji, said the group had no records of the school’s membership.
“We have tried searching for information about the school. I don’t think it is one of our members,” he told The Nation on phone.
In the past, the government had clamped down on AFED schools for not being registered or operating according to laid down rules and regulations.
Orji said the space constraints in the densely populated area where the collapsed school was located may have limited the choice of properties available to use for schools.