Governor Yahaya Bello led Kogi State Government has retired 8 permanent secretaries and dismissed 1,1774 workers.
The aggrevied Permanent Secretaries said they would seek legal action on their sack. Chief Press Secretary to Governor Yahaya Bello, Petra Akinti-Onyegbule, defended the action, saying it was part of ongoing reforms in the civil service, saying only permanent secretaries that had served for four years and above were retired.
“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, noting that 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 were 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. Akinti-Onyegbule also said 107 other workers were dismissed for engaging in fraudulent activities.