The controversy trailing the 2015 promotion of federal civil servants has taken a new twist as six deputy directors dragged the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the Federal Civil Service Commission to the National Industrial Court (NIC).
In the suit filed by Dr John Magbadelo, Mrs Ada Madubuike, Mrs Ganiat Oginni, Mrs Janet Ayorinde and Reuben Musa, they are asking the court to issue an injunction restraining the defendants from conducting the 2015 Federal Civil Service Directorate Level Officers Promotion Evaluation/Interview pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
The court, with Justice Babatunde Adejumo presiding, had already ordered the parties to maintain status quo.
The plaintiffs also asked the court to stop the defendants from compelling them to write another examination after they scored above the 60 per cent cut off mark in the 2014 Federal Civil Service Examination as Deputy Directors.
In a related development, there is disquiet amongst commissioners in the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) over the arbitrary decision by the chairman, FCSC to include two officers not ripe for promotion alongside 11 senior deputy directors who passed the 2014 promotion interview but could not be promoted for lack of vacancy declared.
While one of the officers being considered for accelerated promotion was last promoted deputy director last year, the other was promoted to Deputy Director in 2012.
The recommendation by the chairman of the FCSC to promote these two officers violates the Public Service Rules which require a minimum of 4 years maturity.
In what appears to be favouritism, these two lawyers are being recommended for promotion despite the fact that there are other lawyers who are their seniors and who had spent more than the four years maturity period and had passed the promotion examinations last year but were not promoted for lack of vacancies.