Ex-LG boss hails Buhari over Adewusi’s appointment as Postmaster-General

Mr Akinyemi Akinlabi, a former Chairman of Ibarapa Central Local Government Council in Oyo State, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent appointment of Dr Ismail Adewusi as Postmaster-General.

He gave the commendation in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ibadan.

NAN reports that Adewusi, a former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, was recently appointed as Postmaster-General and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).

Akinlabi described Adewusi, also a former Chairman of Ibile Holdings, as a first class economist, management expert and politician, who had over the years contributed to the socioeconomic development of the country.

He described Adewusi’s appointment as a big end-of-the-year gift to the nation, saying the appointee would, no doubt, transform the parastatal into one of the country’s cash-cow.

“With this appointment, Nigerians should expect a return to the era of mails delivery at homes and offices, as it used to be in the country before.

“The ability and determination of the appointee to improve the efficiency and service delivery of NIPOST are not in doubt.

“I am sure the citizens’ confidence in NIPOST will be restored and redeveloped,” Akinlabi said. (NAN)

Kogi govt uncovers 300 ghost workers on payroll

The Kogi State Government says over 300 ghost workers have again found their way into its payroll.

The state Head of Service, Mrs Deborah Ogunmola, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja on Thursday.

She said that the development was at the centre of the meeting she held with permanent secretaries and directors of finance and administration in the state civil service on Dec. 26.

According to her, the ghost workers are mainly those not cleared during the screening exercise conducted by the state government.

“Some state civil servants were recently dropped from salary in August because they were not cleared in 2016,” she said.

Ogunmola appealed to workers to refrain from acts that could undermine the efforts being made by the present administration to clean up the payroll and restore the integrity of the civil service.

She said that the civil service reform carried out by the Gov. Yahaya Bello-led administration was the most thorough and result-driven in the history of the state.

The head of service assured workers who had been cleared but had yet to be returned to the payroll that they would soon have a cause to smile.

“The report is ready and awaiting approval by the governor,” she said.

On the pay parade conducted in 2018, Ogunmola described it as successful to a large extent, adding, however, that more still needed to be done to plug some loopholes.

She lamented that names of some deceased workers still kept on appearing on the payroll, blaming this on saboteurs within.

Ogunmola also cited the case of a woman who retired in 2016 and was recently discovered to be drawing salary and pension at the same time from the state government.

The head of service called for increased vigilance on the part of the permanent secretaries and directors to safeguard the system from unscrupulous elements.

She then directed the permanent secretaries and directors to raise variation order to remove names of the deceased and retired staff from payroll. (NAN)

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