No less that two hundred and thirty (231) one civil servants have failed to comply with Kogi state government directive to update their records.
Salaries of the affected civil servants has been suspended since November, 2023 till date.
This was disclosed by the Head of Service Mrs. Hannah Odiyo in Lokoja on Tuesday while flagging off issuance of State Identity Cards for workers.
Odiyo explained that the exercise was carried out in a bid to further authenticate the updated staff records.
She explained further that in May, 2022, her Office had earlier sent out an enclosed form (Bio Data Form) to all Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) to be filled by the civil servants and returned.
She emphasized that an authentic data was required for adequate planning by the government, especially in a transition period like this.
“Although the Bio Data exercise revealed a lot of inadequacies on the part of the MDAs, a total number of 231 staff have failed to show up for the updated records exercise, which has led to the suspension of their salaries since November, 2023 till date.
“The question now is, where are they? Who are they? Are they ghosts?,” she querried.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Research Evaluation and Policy Analysis/Certificate Verification Department (REPA), Mrs Shuaib Memunat Dede, in a welcome address, commended the Head of Civil Service for her proactiveness in ensuring the actualization of the project.
Mr Teddy Adegbola, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications, in a goodwill message, congratulated the Head of Service for a landmark achievement in the history of Kogi state civil service.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Modupe Andi also applauded the office of the Head of Civil Service for a successful update exercise.