Eight permanent secretaries and an undisclosed number of directors have been compulsorily retired from the Kogi Civil Service, while 1,774 others have been sacked.
A December 2017 letter by the head of the Kogi civil service, Mrs Deborah Ogunmola and the Chairman of the state Civil Service Commission, Mr Ado Shaibu, said the compulsory retirement of the permanent secretaries was “in the interest of the public.”
The Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Mrs Petra Akinti-Onyegbule, said the 1,667 sacked workers were found to have fake certificates, while 107 others were sacked for engaging in fraud. According to her, the discoveries were made during the screening carried out by the state government.
The story of the retired permanent secretaries:
According to Akinti-Onyegbule –
- The retirement was part of ongoing reforms in the civil service.
- Only permanent secretaries who have served for four years and above were affected. They have been paid their consolidated benefits.
- “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… 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.