According to a memo obtained from the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation on Tuesday, newly appointed professionals working for the Federal Government, including medical doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, and paramilitary personnel, will be required to participate in the “2023 compulsory confirmation/promotion examinations” from August to September.
The memo, dated June 20 and signed by Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, the Head of Civil Service, was addressed to various individuals and entities, such as the Chief of Staff to the President, Office of the Secretary General of the Federation, Chief Justice of Nigeria, and chairpersons of commissions, agencies, and parastatals.
The memo states that senior officers must pay a non-refundable examination fee of N5,000 to cover the cost of materials, logistics, transport, and venues approved by the Federal Public Service Examination Board. On the other hand, junior officers are required to pay N3,000.
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The memo, exclusively obtained by our correspondent in Abuja, explains that the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has approved the year 2023 Compulsory Confirmation/Promotion Examination for newly-appointed administrative officers, foreign affairs officers, executive officers, police officers, paramilitary personnel, and other professionals in the Federal Public Service.
The Career Management Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation conducts the examination. It is a mandatory requirement for career progression in the public service.
According to the memo, the examinations will be held in all states of the federation. For junior officers, the exams will take place between Tuesday, August 22, and Friday, August 25, 2023, while senior officers will have their examinations from September 19 to September 22.
“Any officer who fails to pass the examinations after three consecutive attempts shall be required to resign or withdraw from the service in accordance with Public Service Rules 060203 and 060204,” the memo noted