8 January 2018
Kogi Government has confirmed the compulsory retirement of eight permanent secretaries, some directors and dismissal of 1,774 others from the state civil service as it moves to reform the state’s civil service in a move that mirrors the imminent sack of 22,000 teachers in Kaduna state.
Kogi state v Kaduna state
Last year Kaduna state commence move to sack 22,000 teachers for incompetency. Now Kogi state is taking a similar initiative as it laid off 1,774 workers. The difference between the sacking in the two states is in the reason put forward for their sack.
While the eight permanent secretaries were laid off for the interest of the state, the 1,774 workers were sacked because they secured their employment with fake certificates.
Sacking in Kogi
It was reported that the affected staffs have been given their letters.
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 said that they were contemplating legal action.
However, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Yahaya Bello, Petra Akinti-Onyegbule 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.
Akinti-Onyegbule also 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.
“ 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.
She 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.
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.
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