Kogi State Head of Civil Service, Mrs. Hannah Odiyo, has debunked the report by an online news platform alleging that Governor Yahaya Bello directed staff audit of all state workers, clarifying that the ongoing exercise is purely an internal routine for biodata update by the office of the Head of Civil Service.
Odoyo also pointed out that the officer, Mr. Fadumila Olowo, who painfully died during the in house exercise was said to have been sick before the exercise and he had, in recent time, slumped elsewhere before this fateful day. She added that as against the falsehood reported by the news platform, the incident happened around 11.00am, shortly after he arrived at the venue.
She, however, commiserated with the family of the deceased and prayed for the peaceful repose of the deceased.
Giving a detailed background, the HoS said, ‘’The Office of the Head of Civil Service has the mandate to maintain adequate records of all staff of the state civil service. In a bid to maintain proper planning cum implementation, the office sent out a circular with bio data forms on 26th May, 2022 to all Ministries/Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to fill. Many officers compiled while some failed to adhere to the directive. A reminder was sent on 19th July, 2023 for all those who failed to fill the bio data forms. Yet many did not comply, especially officers who have their salary pay points with the Office of the Head of Civil Service but their duty stations are elsewhere.
‘’Predicated on the above, the office decided to send invitation letters to all MDAs requesting pool officers under the Office of the Head of Civil Service to appear physically with a bid to make budgetary provision for their promotions and equally know their duty stations. This exercise commenced on 4th December, 2023 and to end on the 8th December, 2023 based on the timetable for MDAs to appear on their stated dates. There was adequate sitting arrangement for officers in the conference hall, as such, there was no queue as reported,” she added.
The HoS said the directive for the exercise, as against the caption by CAPITAL POST on social-media, was not by Governor Bello, adding that the effort was in a bid to identify the total number of the pool staff of the Office of the Head of Civil Service, whose pay points are with the office but rendering their services elsewhere in other MDAs.
She added that for officers outside the office of the Head of Civil Service, their salaries were stepped down pending when they show up to update their data, stressing that it was the only way to make defaulters comply and this action is in their favour, otherwise, their names would be missing from the authentic nominal roll as bona-fide staff of Kogi State Government.