Senator Ademola Adeleke, the Governor-elect of Osun State, has warned state public servants not to accept the appointment of permanent secretary made by the outgoing governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.
Oyetola appointed 30 public servants as Permanent Secretaries on Thursday, with only three days left in his presidency.
The announcement was made in a statement signed by the Head of Service, Dr Festus Oyebade, who stated that those selected will fill existing State Civil Service vacancies.
In response, Olawale Rasheed, the governor-elect’s spokesperson, warned that making such appointments at the last minute indicated that those directors were ready to leave the state service when Adeleke took over on November 28, 2022.
He said, “We want to put on records that those who accept the appointments should be ready to leave the service whether or not their service tenure has reached statutory age. The occupants will be treated as political appointees who will automatically follow the outgoing Governor out of public service from November 28.”
“At the same time, those who still want to remain in service of the Osun State government should decline the Greek gift from the outgoing Governor. We affirm that no waiver will be entertained in sacking from office any kangaroo permanent secretary”, the statement concluded.