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By: Ade Adeleke
The Ondo state government on Thursday said nine Permanent Secretaries voluntarily retired from the state public service after spending about ten years in office as Permanent Secretaries of various ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
SUNSHINETRUTH had on Tuesday exclusively broke the new that the government directed that about 11 permanent secretaries should proceed on compulsory retirement to allegedly pave the way for an anointed permanent secretary to succeed the outgoing Head of Service, Toyin Akinkuotu who is retiring in the next two months.
However, the state government, insisted that their retirement is coming on the heel of an extant circular that any permanent secretary who has served for more than eight years could be retired either reaching retirement age or not.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation in the state, Yemi Olowolabi said the Permanent Secretaries have been called for a meeting where they were told to retire voluntarily.
The Information Commissioner was reacting to reports alleging that the Governor had sacked the affected Permanent Secretaries in order to pave way for a candidate for the position of the Head of service of the state.
The Commissioner said the least of the affected permanent secretaries had spent nine years in the office, adding that the governor did not give the order to favour anybody.
However, a top civil servant in the governor office who spoke on the condition of anonymity said “What happened is not a new thing in government service. When Mimiko was there, he appointed an Ondo man to be the head of service. So if Akeredolu appoints his kinsman as the head of service, heaven will not fall; he has the exclusive power to do it. He can appoint anyone that pleases him.”