Following the unveiling of the revised Public Service Rules, the Head of the Civil Service, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan issued a circular to ensure compliance across the Ministries, Departments and Agencies. 

The Revised Public Service Rules has in its provisions, tenure system for Permanent Secretaries who shall hold office for a term of four years and another renewable term based only on satisfactory performance.

Also, a Director or its equivalent as may be prescribed by other MDA’s shall compulsorily retire upon the attainment of eight years in that position.


In a memo dated August 3, 2023, the Federal Ministry of Finance, urged the affected Directors in the Ministry to proceed for retirement documentation and handover to the most senior officer in their department.

Sources in the Federal Civil Service confirmed that over 500 Directors have spent eight years in their positions and would be affected.