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Published On: Mon, Jan 8th, 2018

Kogi dismisses 1,774 workers

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The Kogi State Government on Sunday confirmed the compulsory retirement of eight permanent secretaries, some directors and dismissal of 1, 774 others from the state civil service.
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered in Lokoja that the affected staff were served their letters last December.
The letters were signed by the state Head of Service, Deborah Ogunmola, and the Chairman of the state Civil Service Commission, Ado Shaibu.
A copy of the retirement letter addressed to one of the affected permanent secretaries indicated that the retirement was “in the interest of the public.”
Some of the affected permanent secretaries told NAN that they were contemplating legal action.
However, Petra Akinti-Onyegbule, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Yahaya Bello, defended the action, saying it was part of ongoing reforms in the civil service.
According to her, the retirement affected only permanent secretaries that have served for four years and above.
“The retired permanent secretaries have been paid their consolidated benefits that accrued to them.
“Also affected are civil servants who have attained the special salary grade level 17,” she said.
The governor’s media aided added that directors that served for eight years and above would also be affected.
She said the exact number of directors to be affected would be based on the outcome of the recent promotion interviews conducted for them. NAN
In order to get the best replacement for the retired permanent
secretaries, directors who had been in office for eight years and
above but are yet to attain retirement age or maximum number of years
in office were given the opportunity to partake in the exams to fill
the position of permanent secretaries.
“The result of the examinations which held on Tuesday, December 12,
2017 and followed by interviews is yet to be out.
“Until the result is out, we will not be able to put a definite figure
on the number of directors that will be affected by the compulsory
retirement,’’ she said.
The chief press secretary also confirmed that 1,667 workers with fake
certificates were dismissed from the state civil service.
She said that those dismissed were uncovered during the screening
carried out by the state government in 2016 and 2017.
Ms. Akinti-Onyegbule also said 107 other workers were dismissed for
engaging in fraudulent activities.
“Kogi state government is carrying out reforms at different stages to
reposition its civil service for effectiveness, efficiency and
productivity.
“The screening exercise which began in 2016 has since ended.
“The reversal of the inverted pyramid at the civil service is another
phase of the much needed reforms meant to ensure the civil service
plays its role as the engine room of government efficiently and
effectively,” she said.(NAN)

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