The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) has issued a circular directing all political appointees of the federal government who are eyeing political positions to resign on or before Monday, May 16, 2022.
According to the circular, “the President has observed and noted the expression of interest and intention by some members of the federal executive council, heads of extra-ministerial departments, agencies, parastatals of government, ambassadors and other political office holders to contest the upcoming President, Gubernatorial, National Assembly and State Assemblies elections.
“Consequently, the President has directed the affected office holders aspiring to run for the various offices in the 2023, should tender their resignation on or before 16th of May, 2022.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this directive affects all ministers, Heads and Members of Extra-Ministerial departments, agencies and parastatals of government, ambassadors and other political appointees who desire to contest for elective offices. For smooth running of the machinery of government and our foreign missions, affected ministers are to hand over to ministers of state, where they exist or to the Permanent Secretaries where there is no Minister of State. Ambassadors shall hand over to their Deputy Heads of Mission or the most Senior Foreign Service Officer in line with established practices.
“Similarly, Heads of Extra-Ministerial Departments, Agencies and parastatals are to hand over to the most senior Director/Officer as may be peculiar to the organisation, in line with the service wide circular No. SGF 50/S. II/C.268 of 4th December, 2017.
“The contents of this circular and the incidental directives, takes immediate effect”.