BY OLA AJAYI
No, we’re trying to clear the rot —ACN
IBADAN — THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-West, has accused the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, of destroying the public service in the region by allegedly using political bitterness to sack workers employed by PDP government.
The party, through its spokesperson, Mr. Kayode Babade said, “they are sacking public servants because they were appointed or promoted by past governments, pretending not to know that government is a continuum.”
But responding, the ACN through its Zonal Director of Publicity, Mr. Ayo Afolabi, said the PDP was only crying wolves where none existed.
Contrary to the claims of the PDP, ACN said, it was the party that actually destroyed the legacy left by Simeon Adebo and the rest.
”The ACN is trying to clear the rot left by the PDP. Before we came on board, civil service had become a rubber stamp of their bosses, not being able to give professional advice as required of them.
You can see the morale brought in by the ACN. Eight years of PDP in the South West was a waste. We have been training and retraining the civil service with a view to returning it to the era of sanity that the likes of Simeon Adebo introduced into the civil service”.
However, PDP argued that the way and manner appointments were allegedly being made into the service, “is dangerous for the maintenance of the culture of seniority and professionalism in the service.”
PDP claimed laid down public service rules were being jettisoned with junior officers being promoted above their seniors, non-career civil servants being appointed Permanent Secretaries and Directors General and attempts being made to appoint a serving judge in Lagos State as Chief Judge of another state.
According to a statement by party, it faulted Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State for appointing a civil servant who has 38 doctors as seniors and had only spent 16 years as Permanent Secretary, saying; “If these governors are not cautioned, we will soon get to a level where a clerical officer will be appointed Permanent Secretary and someone just appointed as judge appointed as Chief Judge.”