Governor Yahaya Bello has directed all political office holders in Kogi State to hand over to the most senior civil servants in their ministries, departments and agencies. The sack came barely two weeks after the governor was re-elected for a second term in office.
In a clarification, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Onogwu Muhammed, said the statement conveying the directive, which was signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Folashade Arike Ayoade, exempted commissioners, director-general (Government House Administration), direct aides of the governor, direct aides of the deputy governor, aides of the chief of staff, aides of the wife of the governor and the aides of the wife of the deputy governor.
The statement further exempted the head of service, auditors-general for the state and local governments, as well as the chairmen and members of statutory commissions from the directive. According to the directive, the handing over process must be concluded on Tuesday 3rd of December 2019.
It was also directed that copies of the handing over notes should be forwarded to the office of the secretary to the government of Kogi State in soft and hard copies. “The Government of the New Direction appreciates the affected officials for their immense contributions to the development of the state,” Muhammed said.