The federal government on Thursday said it will soon eliminate promotional examinations for civil servants as future promotions will now be based on performance evaluations with effect from early next year. Dasuki Arabi, the director-general of the Bureau for Public Service Reforms (BPSR), disclosed this when he briefed the State House journalists, at the weekly media chat organised by the presidential media team, in Abuja. Arabi, who was responding to the question of poor attitude to work by some civil servants, said with the “introduction of performance management evaluation system which will come into effect by early next year, all promotions will now be done based on performance.” He disclosed that the government is doing a lot of culture reorientation to get people to understand why they must deliver service, regardless of the condition they find themselves in their ministry, department, or agency of government.

The London Metropolitan Police has charged Nigeria’s former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, with conspiracy to traffic a child to the United Kingdom in order to harvest his organs. The charges followed an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime team. The investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022,” the police said. Ike Ekweremadu and his wife were denied bail and remanded in custody by the Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in West London. The victim child was said to be a homeless 15-year-old boy picked from the streets of Lagos. Ike Ekweremadu and his wife would appear before the same court on 7 July.

The Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, BPSR, Dr Dasuki Arabi, says the introduction of the Integration Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS, has reduced the Federal Civil Service personnel to 720,000. According to him, the IPPIS led to the weeding out of about 70,000 ghost workers from the service and hence saving the Federal Government over ₦220 billion. Arabi said the government also saved ₦10 trillion following the introduction of the Single Treasury Account, TSA. The Director-General also said as part of the reforms in the service, the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIGMIS) had made government business paperless. According to Arabi, the federal government is silently implementing aspects of the Oransanye Report on Civil Service Reforms.

The head of Tunisia’s powerful trade union centre, the UGTT, on Thursday rejected reforms demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a condition for granting a loan to Tunisia. “We refuse these conditions (of the IMF) because of the low level of wages, the lack of means and the increase in the rate of poverty and unemployment,” the secretary general of the Tunisian General Union of Labour (UGTT), Noureddine Taboubi, told the press. The IMF announced Wednesday in a statement that it was “ready to start negotiations in the coming weeks on the establishment of an aid programme” for Tunisia, conditional on the implementation of reforms. “The seriousness of the aftermath of the war in Ukraine increases the need to implement ambitious reforms without delay,” said Jihad Azour, Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department at the IMF, after a visit to Tunisia. He said “Tunisia must urgently address its public finance imbalances by improving tax fairness, limiting the growth of the large civil service wage bill, replacing generalised subsidies with transfers to the poorest, strengthening its social safety net, and reforming money-losing public enterprises.