The Department of Human Resource Management (HRM) operates through Two Divisions viz Appointment, Promotion and Discipline as well as Training and Staff welfare. In addition to these operational divisions, the Department superintends over the Estate, Teachers and the Medical Services Units.
APPOINTMENT, PROMOTION & DISCIPLINE (APD)
During period in review, the APD Division had successfully conducted the 2012 Non-pool Senior Staff Promotion in which 1,471 sat and 1,283 were recommended, awaiting approval from the Federal Civil Service Commission. It had earlier concluded the Junior Staff promotion in which 261 sat and 245 were promoted. Briefs for the promotion of Directorate cadre and Pool Officers were processed and forwarded to Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) and OHSCF.
The Appointment section has concluded the documentation processes of 68 newly recruited officers (on SGL 07 - 15) while the discipline section has processed 24 disciplinary cases to the Civil Service Commission for its consideration and final determination. 7 (Seven) cases of appeals were considered by SSC while 73 cases involving both senior and junior staff are awaiting investigation. The total strength of the Ministry as at 18/02/2013 is 14,887. This is made up of 10,073 senior staff and 4,814 junior staff. Of the total number 39 are due to exit the service by the end of February, 2013
TRAINING & STAFF WELFARE DIVISION
In 2012, training and retraining of staff which is an inalienable right of staff suffered some setbacks because part of the funds appropriated for training had to be utilised for the 2012 promotion exercise. Management in its wisdom therefore felt that instead of allowing its staff to miss the promotion exercise completely, N15 Million, part of training vote, had to be utilized for the conduct of 2012 Senior Staff promotion. 669 staff were however trained locally while 33 officers attended overseas training. The sum of One Hundred and Twenty Nine Million Naira (N129,000,000.00) was expended for training in 2012.
However, the ongoing programmes that could not be accomplished in 2012 due to lack of funds include 25 Directorate Officers and some Unit heads to attend a course in Abbey College, London. There are also 50 non-directorate level officers that have been proposed to attend performance improvement programme that could not hold due to lack of funds. It is advisable to commence 2013 training programmes with these staff. The staff strength of the division stands at 74 as at date.
The Staff Welfare Section performs the following functions:
i. Payment of 1st 28 days in lieu of hotel accommodation allowance
ii. Payment of Burial Expenses, Death and Retirement Benefits
iii. Payment of Repatriation allowance
iv. Sporting Activities
v. Payment of Overtime Claims
vi. Payment of Recharge Card Allowances
vii. Staff Canteen
viii. Staff Welfare General
The Section also undertakes the following –
i. Issuance of MOD Car Stickers
ii. Issuance of Letter of Introduction/Confirmation to Staff on request
iii. Issuance of Staff Identity Card
iv. Processing of allowances of senior and junior military officers posted to the Ministry.
ESTATE MANAGEMENT UNIT
The Estate Management Unit is saddled with the responsibility of day to day maintenance of the building structure and equipment of the Ministry.
Activities include the maintenance of the building, tilling of offices, partitioning of the offices, maintenance of the toilets and other plumbing works, repairs of air-conditioners and installation of new ones, maintenance of the 3Nos 1250km Generators Sets in Ship House, cleaning services and maintenance of Lifts etc.
The section is responsible for the maintenance of Ministry’s vehicles.
The division was created about 15 years ago and was then known and called Teachers’ Section. Presently, it is addressed as a Department and headed by a Director, but still administered by Human Resource Management Department. It was established to take charge of the affairs of the teachers in Ministry of Defence (Army, Navy & Airforce) and has about fifty (50) Primary Schools and forty-five Secondary Schools, totaling ninety-five schools under its administration. It is worthy of note that the Armed Forces (Military) Schools are about one of the largest privately established institutions in Nigeria and the objective for which they were established is to cater for the welfare of wards/children of military personnel.
SCHEDULE OF DUTIES
The Division is saddled with the responsibility of performing services on educational administration and providing welfare services for teaching staff in the schools. The duties include:
i. Maintaining minimum standards of education in schools in the tri-services (Army, Navy & Airforce) through supervisory role using the inspectorate services.
ii. Turning educational policies into reality through structured, systematic and proper implementation of the National policy on education.
iii. Ensuring compliance and adequate coverage of the curriculum and syllabus at all levels of the school system.
iv. Ensuring conformity with National School curriculum as stipulated by Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) in the school system.
v. Ensuring periodic personnel audit and compilation and upgrading of all MOD Schools.
vi. Ensuring that military-civilian teachers’ relationship is cordial and friendly.
vii. Arranging periodic interaction section between the management (MOD) and the heads of schools (Army, Navy and Airforce).
viii. Collaborating with other departments, sections, zonal CPUs in MOD to carry out duties of appointment, promotion, regularization, absorption, upgrading, discipline, training and welfare of teachers in MOD. The collaboration will enhance teachers’ development and performance in the schools.
ix. Coordinating the registration of all the teachers in MOD with the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
x. Providing periodic emotional support, career guidance and character building via the guidance and counseling.
xi. Assisting in the provision of human and material support for effective implementation of the 9 year basic education curriculum.
xii. Making recommendations for improvement on the standard of education and staff welfare.
xiii. Ensuring that the standards for the establishment of new schools are met.
xiv. Determining the level of adequacy of the facilities available for quality control.
xv. Serving as a link between the MOD and other relevant educational agencies and bodies so as to benefit from their intervention.
xvi. Carying out ad-hoc assignments as may be assigned by the HRM in the ministry.