Stella Dimoko Kogi State Govt Retires 8 Perm Secs And 1,774 Others.


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Sunday, January 07, 2018

Kogi State Govt Retires 8 Perm Secs And 1,774 Others.

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.

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.



  1. Na so!!! mum was cleared cos on the list it showed she was cleared and yet still asked to retire..she has 5years more,so why force her to leave now?the kind of death hello will die ehn,even devil will pity him.

  2. Only idiots like Yahaya Bello and his foolish team members like Petra, Edward and other stupid ones justify the retirement of Directors and Perm Secs for no crime and not to have reached retirement age or years of service in the civil service. By God, you all will suffer more pains than the ones you put the people of Kogi into. You will feel pains and bite your fingers that you wished you didn't punish Kogi people the way you are punishing them now.

  3. hmmmmmm this year is tough with sack everywhere. May God protect all workers Amen.

    They started this year with killings, then now sacks everywhere.

    It is well with Kogi State. I hope they will pay them all their entitlements.


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