By Tunde Johnson
The National Council on Establishment (NCE) has approved an enhanced entry point of salary Grade Level 09 for engineers in the public service.
This is to ensure development of a coherent Vision 2010 implementation plan and methodology for all levels and agencies of government.
NCE supervises and co-ordinates the activities of other implementation agencies to ensure the quality of the process, total harmony in implementation, timely meeting of targets and goals and ensure that appropriate corrective actions are taken against deviations.
This approval was reached at the 40th meeting that ended on Friday in Owerri, Imo, presided over by Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of Service of the Federation and was attended by the Heads of Service from the 36 states and their Permanent Secretaries.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the council’s read by Rufus Godwins, 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.
It also approved the inclusion of relevant certificates for Surveyor, Survey Technical and Craftsmen in the civil service cadre, and restoration of Industrial Promotion Officer Cadre on salary grade level 08 to 17.
The meeting stressed the need for Ministries, Departments and Agencies to operate within the ambit of the law and the re-designation of existing Livestock Development Officer Cadre as Animal Husbandry/Scientist.
According to Godwins, the council also approved the restoration and upward review of schools House Masters and Mistresses allowance and that of Science and Mathematics teachers in Unity Schools.
“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.
“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 further read.
The council reaffirmed that professional certificates and qualifications issued by professional bodies, seeking inclusion in the scheme of service, should be recognised for proficiency purposes only.
It encouraged states to pay salaries and retirement benefits as at when due.
He announced that Kano would host the next council meeting while the standing committee would meet in July 2018 at Port Harcourt, Rivers.