News Investigators/ Reminiscence of the impunity that characterized the Buhari era, the Director of Finance and Account (DFA) in the Ministry of Works, Yusuf Dahiru Girel has defiled government’s directive to proceed on posting to another ministry.
Mr. Girel, until his posting in August 22, 2023, was the director of finance and account (DFA) at the Ministry of Works.
Following a recent reorganization of Treasury Officers embarked upon by the Office of Accountant General of Federation (OAGF) via a memo reference no. TRO/865/Vol.XVI/246A, dated 22nd August, 2023, Mr. Girel was posted to the newly created Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy.
The memo sighted by our Newspaper was addressed to all the permanent secretaries and treasury officers in all agencies, ministries and government departments.
The move by OAGF was in line with President Bola Tinubu agenda to engender probity, transparency and accountability in agencies, ministries and parastatals of government.
The posting, it was learnt cut across all agencies and ministries with a total of 57 directors of finance and accounts in agencies, ministries and parastatals of government on grade level 17 reposted to different offices.
However, in defiance of the directive and against the extant public service rules, Mr. Girel, has refused to report to his new duty post at Marine and Blue Economy but instead vowed to remain on his seat at the Ministry of Works, Mabushi, Abuja.
“Even when his replacement has since resumed to take over from him in compliance to the memo, our man is still busy lobbying to retain his seat,” sources told News Investigators.
Ministry sources further revealed that Mr. Girel in the past weeks embarked on serious lobbying by contacting some powerful forces in and outside government to weigh in on the minister of works, Dave Umahi to retain him promising to cooperate with him.
“The minister Umahi is under pressure, sadly he may soon buckle despite his initial unwillingness to side step the PSR.
“The thing is that the former first lady Mrs Buhari who is also from Adamawa that influenced Girel’s posting to the ministry while in office,” the source obliged.
Section 3 of the federal government’s Public Service Rules (PSR 100301) (b) classified “refusal to proceed on transfer or to accept posting” as serious misconduct which attracts a punishment of termination and retirement when proven.
The Accountant General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin Madein, in the August 22 memo reiterated that “all officers are to note that failure to comply with this posting instruction shall be treated in accordance with the provisions of the public service rules (PSR 030301) (b).
“Accordingly, officers are advised to submit Assumption of Duty Certificate to the office of the undersigned on or before 6th September, 2023,” Mrs Madein stated.
All efforts to speak with Mr. Girel on the matter proved abortive.