- Civil servants in Kwara state have been told that their job is safe and they should not be alarmed
- This is coming after rumours were making the rounds that the state government is plotting to sack civil servants due to the economic state of Kwara
- Meanwhile, Governor AbdulRaman AbdulRazaq revealed that civil servants are not liabilities rather, they are the pillar of his administration
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The governor made this known during an interview with pressmen in the state.
As reported by The Nation newspaper, the governor maintained that his administration does not intend to conduct a mass lay-off stating that civil servants in the state are happy with his administration.
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“Civil servants are very happy with us. We do not need to lay off anybody. We have been able to manage the resources to make sure they get their salary as and when due.”
The governor revealed that his predecessor had left his administration backlogs of pending promotion of civil servants who should have been elevated before now.
He, however, assured those civil servants affected by the situation would get promotions.
We inherited backlogs of debts - Governor Abdulrazaq
The governor also lamented that the previous government failed to pay workers’ salaries, leaving his administration to inherit debts.
Similarly, he revealed that pensions and gratuities owed by the previous government sum up to N11 billion for the local government level alone.
“The previous administration owed salaries. Pensions and gratuities were owed. We are looking at about N11 billion at the local government level alone.”
Governor AbdulRazaq, however, pledged that his administration would look into it earnestly while stating that his administration has no issues in paying salaries and pensions.
He revealed that N5 billion had been disbursed at the state level to civil servants while reiterating that no civil servant would be sacked.
Governor AbdulRazaq described civil servants as the pillar of his government and that their experience is key to the state’s economic growth.
Powerful governor appoints 16 female aides in fresh appointment
Meanwhile, no fewer than 16 women have been appointed as special aides to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara state.
The governor of the north-central state has been a long advocate of women's inclusion in governance and he once again displayed it.
His administration has seen numerous female appointees including nine as part of his executive council.