Outgoing Perm Secs thank Akeredolu
By Adekola Afolabi
The Permanent Secretaries recently retired by the Ondo State government have expressed gratitude to the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for the rare privilege given them to serve beyond their mandatory two terms of eight years.
Speaking with journalists on their retirement yesterday in Akure, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mrs Taiwo Kolawole, recalled that at the inception of the Akeredolu administration, some of her colleagues were awaiting the pronouncement of the governor as to their retirement in view of the belief that the tradition of retiring Permanent Secretaries who have stayed beyond two terms would be followed by the new administration.
Mrs Kolawole who was appointed in 2009 by the immediate past administration said a top civil servant is usually appointed by the State Governor by preferment and that the appointed Permanent Secretary could be retired also by the governor in view of the fact the position is outside the career level progression range within the civil service.
The outgoing Permanent Secretary who used the opportunity to debunk insinuations that they may have been coerced to throw-in the towel at this time said nothing of such happened but that those of them retiring now felt it was time to allow younger officers equally reach the peak of their careers.
She categorically stated that a retired Permanent Secretary has nothing to lose as his or her salary remains till death.
“For me, as a Permanent Secretary, it is a privilege to be in service till now. I don’t see it as being forced to pull out by the present government, that is the way I feel from the depth of my heart and I am grateful to the governor.
“I was appointed by the administration of Mimiko in 2009 during his first term. Now, I am about two and half years into the present administration, I am grateful to God.
“Once at the level of Permanent Secretary, any appointment is at the discretion of the government,” she said.
Mrs Taiwo Kolawole will on Tuesday, 18th June, 2019 during a Pen-Down Ceremony retire from the Ondo State Civil Service after about 30 years in service and having served as Permanent Secretary for over ten years.