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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has allegedly ordered that eleven serving Permanent Secretaries in Ondo state should be sent on compulsory and untimely retirement.
SUNSHINETRUTH reliably gathered that while seven of the affected PS are yet to attain retirement age or years, four others are due for statutory retirement having attaining the 60years of age or spent 35years in the public service.
One of the affected PS told our correspondent that they have started receiving their retirement letters from Monday June 3, 2019.
Unconfirmed report says the mass retirement was targeted at creating space for an anointed PS to become the next Head of Service (HOS) after the retirement of the current HOS, Toyin Akinkuotu in two to four months time.
One of the affected PS who spoke with the SUNSHINETRUTH on the condition of anonymity, claimed that the governor ordered their compulsory retirement to allegedly pave the way for a particular PS who is his kinsman from Owo to become the Head of Service.
He pleaded with the governor not to cut short their career in the spirit of fairness and equity.
Another retiring permanent secretary who admitted that he was due for retirement this month, however advised the governor to have a rethink over the untimely retirement of about seven “young” permanent secretaries who still have three to five years in service.
Efforts to get the reaction of Akinkuotu on the mass retirement is yet to be successful but a senior officer in his office told our Correspondent that the governor has a power to hire and fire civil servants on the PS cadre at his will.
However, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Yemi Olowolabi, said the affected persons were not sacked but asked to retire voluntarily after serving in the office for more than eight years.