… gets 1,000 graduates to replace them
By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin â€” THE Kwara State government has announced that it will retire about 471 senior officers from Grade level 14-16 who have been found to be unsuitable for promotion in the last eight years and replace them with 1,000 fresh graduates in its bid to inject fresh blood and strengthen the civil service.
The Head of Service, Alhaji Muhammad Dabarako, whileÂ speaking at a press conferen-ce in Ilorin, yesterday, explained that the action became imperative because the affected officers had refused to develop themsel-ves while the state govern-ment was also spending N60 million on monthly basis to service them.
Dabarako said the decision to employ fresh graduates was necessary so as to enhance productivity thereby improving the capacity building of the state civil service.
He recalledÂ that, â€œwe had a retreat on how to move the state civil service forward last year where it was agreed that there was the need to embark on the rejuvenation of the service in order to bring more ideas capable of assisting the service to be more developed for result oriented delivery.â€
According to him,â€œit cost us N60 million Naira every monthÂ to pay the 471 who are due for retirement. If they are retired now they will be taking 80% of that 60 million while the remaining balance will be used to pay 1,000 graduates that are to be employed.
â€œThe state government is doing this to revive the state civil service based on the fact that some of the affected workers have spent over eight years in the service without promotion as a result of not developing themsel-ves with additional qualifica-tions,â€ he added.
He said that the develop-ment has made many of them to be redundant which is not conducive for the overall growth of the state civil service.
Grade level 14, 15, 16 affected
The Head of Service stressed that most of the workers that would be affected in the scheme are those on grade level 14, 15 and 16 and that the government has compiled their names in order to replace them with the new ones. He noted that the government would be very careful in ensuring that those affected are the ones concerned.
â€œSome of the affected workers would be leaving the state service by July this year as most of them have been old and stagnant in their various career and there is need to create room for the young ones to come into the service for good service delivery,â€ he noted
Dabarako, therefore, said that the exercise is not to victimise anybody but to bring new hands that would contribute to service delivery in the state civil service.