The Presidency has approved the Consultant Pharmacist Cadre for inclusion in the Scheme of Service for civil servants.
It said pharmacists to benefit from the upgrading are those from SGL 15 to 17.
In a circular dated 11 September, 2020, made available to Pharmanewsonline from the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation and signed by Head of the Civil Service, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, it was noted that the Scheme of Service for the cadre will be reflected in the next edition of the Scheme of Service.
Recall that the former Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode signed the approval of Consultant Pharmacist Cadre for pharmacists in Lagos State civil service in May 2018, but its implementation was allegedly opposed by medical professionals in the state.
Yemi-Esan explained that the decision was reached at the National Council on Establishment (NCE) 41st meeting held from Monday 4th — Friday 8th November, 2019 in Asaba, Delta State.
However, the approval came 10 months later as the letter from the Presidency reads 11 September, 2020.
The circular reads in part:
“The National Council on Establishment (NCE) at its 41st Meeting held from Monday 4th — Friday 8th November, 2019 in Asaba, Delta State approved the Pharmacist Consultant Cadre for inclusion in the Schemes of Service. The cadre is structured on SGL 15 — 17 as follows:
“Consultant Pharmacist SGL 15; Consultant Pharmacist Special GD Il SGL 16 and
Consultant Pharmacist Special GD I SGL 17.
“The Scheme of Service for the cadre will be reflected in the next edition of the Scheme of Service.
“This circular takes immediate effect and its content should be brought to the notice of all concerned”, it stated.