Yesterday, in what seemed like a scene from a comic movie, the newly elected governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello on Monday, February 15, ordered all Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Administration and Finance, DAFs and Directors of Local Governments in the 21 council areas in the state to go on a compulsory 30-day retirement leave with effect from Tuesday, February 16.
The directive was contained in a statement signed by Kingsley Fanwo, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor. The statement also stated that the state’s Accountant General has also been relieved of his duties and that his deputy should go on compulsory leave.
It also directed all Directors of local governments in the 21 councils of the state to go on compulsory leave together with treasurers, education secretaries and cashiers in all the councils.
The only people exempted are those on acting capacity and in the government house.
The statement reads:
“I wish to confirm that Governor Yahaya Bello has directed that all Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Administration are to go on compulsory leave with immediate effect. The exemptions in this category are people in acting capacity and the Permanent Secretary, Government House.
“In the same vein, all Directors of Local Governments (DLG), all Treasurers of Local Governments, all Education Secretaries, all Cashiers to Local Governments in the state are to proceed on 30-days compulsory leave effective from tomorrow, February 16, 2016
“Also, the Accountant General has been relieved of his position while the second in command will also proceed on compulsory 30 days leave.
“At the local government level, the DLGs, treasurers, cashiers and Education Secretaries are to proceed on compulsory leave. The decision is geared towards ensuring a more efficient and productive civil service.”
Yahaya Bello was sworn in as the governor of Kogi January 27, amidst several controversies and oppositions. The governor during his inaugural speech promised the state civil service that their salaries will be paid soon.
Two days later, he dissolved the boards of the state’s parastatals and agencies and ordered the chairmen and directors-general of affected agencies to hand over government’s property in their possession to the most senior officers.
He said the dissolution was to pave way for the restructuring of the boards and to take stock of their state with a view to positioning them for greater efficiency and performance.