Massive resignation in the Department of State Services, DSS has forced the management of the service to temporarily place a moratorium on further voluntary resignation from personnel of the service, Vanguard gathered.
According to Vanguard reports, since the take over of the present Director General of the agency, Mallam Lawal Musa Daura, who was appointed by President Muhamamdu Buhari, no fewer than 70 middle cadre and junior cadre officers had resigned from the service, both from the state commands and the national headquarters. While some of the officers resigned because they got better offers of employment from, especially embassies of western nations, others resigned because of unfavourable terms of employment they alleged had pervaded the service since the take over.
One of the staff who resigned two weeks ago, told Vanguard: “The condition of service is no longer favourable. Some allowances that we were entitled to were stopped, while others were cut in half without explanation.
Another personnel who said he would also leave in the next few months, told Vanguard that the condition of service was no longer palatable. “During the last dispensation, the service personnel were well motivated to do their job. If you get a better offer, it’s only natural to move” he said.
Worried by the steady resignation, the management of the service issued a circular through departmental heads and state Directors directing that voluntary resignation by service personnel should no longer be accepted until further notice.
No member of the service was ready to speak on record and the service has no official spokesman since the last one, Marylyn Ogar left service.
However, a senior official of the service told Vanguard in confidence that the last dispensation exposed its personnel to unnecessary wealth “which is capable of compromising operational duties” “There is no way the present leadership would have continued with the shenanigans that was perpetrated in the last dispensation. Apparently the leadership wants to return the service to its founding vision which is selfless service to the nation. It’s obvious that those who cannot fit in would naturally leave” he said.