By Dayo Johnson
ONDO State government yesterday declared that the 1,015 persons employed in the twilight of the last administration in the state as â€œEnvironmental Vanguardsâ€ failed to follow due process. It also said with effect from next year January promotion examination will form part of the â€˜clearly defined performance criteria in efforts to rejuvenate the civil service and set it on the path of rebirth and growthâ€.
The Environmental Vanguards may have been relieved of their appointments going by the declaration of the government.
Reacting to a question at a Press Conference on allegation that government has failed to pay them in the last seven months, the Head of Service, Mr. Ajose Kudehinbu said their appointment was not made by the civil service commission.
Kudehinbu pointed out that â€œtheir appointment is alien to the normal civil service procedures which stipulate that such appointment should be carried out by the Commission not a Ministry. The Head of Service added that since they were not appointed duly as stipulated by the law, they cannot claim not to have been paid”.
Dr Olusegun Agagu had in the twilight of his administration appointed the Environmental Vanguards with the aim of clearing debris in the state and take them to a Fertilizer factory which invariably failed to take off in the state. The Environmental Vanguards were being paid N10, 000 per month by the state government before the exit of Dr Agagu.
Speaking on the leakages of official secrets by civil servants to politicians to earn promotion, the Head of Service denied such practice in the state, saying that all those who were recently promoted deserved it after going through a rigorous screening. He, however, decried the politicization of the civil service, saying it portends great danger.
Kudehinbu promised that some appointment into critical areas of needs in the service would soon be made by government. According to him the present administration in the state has demonstrated its commitment to building a responsive, Knowledgeable and performance driven civil service.
He pointed out that not only had it provided enabling environment for the civil service to strive but has also taken concrete measures aimed at stimulating its workers towards efficient, productivity and improved service delivery. The Head of Service said training and re training of the workforce will be pursued by the state.