Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has sacked some of his aides barely two weeks after he won re-election for a second term in office. Those most affected by the sack are Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants, and Special Assistants, amongst others.
The governor in a statement issued on Monday by Secretary to the State Government, Dr (Mrs) Ayoade Folashade Arike, directed all affected aides to hand over to the most senior civil servant in their ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs).
The statement, however, noted that some categories of political office holders were exempted from the directive “for now”.
Amongst those exempted include commissioners, Director-General Government, House Administration; direct aides of the Governor, direct aides of the deputy governor; aides of the Chief of Staff, aides of the Wife of the Governor as well as those of the deputy governor’s wife. The statement further stated that the Head of Service, Auditor-General for state and Local Government and Chairman and members of statutory Commissions are not affected by the directive.
According to the statement, handing over the process must be concluded on Tuesday, 3rd December 2019. The statement added that handing over notes should be forwarded to the office of the Secretary to the Government of Kogi State in soft and hard copies. “The Government of the New Direction appreciates the affected officials for their immense contributions to the development of the state”, the statement said.