RETIREMENT: What Outgoing Ondo Permanent Secretaries say about Akeredolu

……… appreciates Akeredolu, says tenure extension was rare privilege.

By: Ade Adeleke

Permanent Secretaries pulling out of the Ondo State Civil Service have expressed gratitude to the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, for the rare privilege provided them to serve beyond their mandatory two terms of eight years.

Bearing her mind to newsmen on the development, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mrs Taiwo Kolawole, recalled that at the inception of the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu Administration, some of her colleagues thought the governor would make a pronouncement to retire them, in view of the fact that Permanent Secretaries who have stayed beyond two terms would be retired by a new administration.

Mrs Kolawole, who was appointed a PS in 2009 by the immediate past administration, said a top civil servant is usually appointed a PS by the State Governor and can also be retired by the governor in view of the fact the position is not the same as a career level progression within the civil service.

The outgoing Permanent Secretary, who used the opportunity to debunk insinuations that they may have been coerced to throw-in the towel at this time, adding that the retiring Permanent Secretaries believe it was time to go and give younger officers the opportunity to rise.

She categorically stated that a retired Permanent Secretary has nothing to lose, in as much as such retiring PS would a salary for life.

She said: “For me, as a Permanent Secretary, it is a privilege to be in service till now. I don’t see it as being forced to pull out by the present government. That is the way I feel from the depth of my heart and am grateful to the governor.

“I was appointed by the administration of Governor Mimiko in 2009 during his first term. Now, am about two and half years into the present administration, I am grateful to God.

Kolawole said attaining the position of a Permanent Secretary by any civil servant is at the discretion of the head of government.

“Once at the level of Permanent Secretary, any appointment is at the discretion of the government.”

Mrs Taiwo Kolawole will on Tuesday, 18th June, 2019 retire from the Ondo State Civil Service after about 30 years in service and having served as Permanent Secretary for over ten years.

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