The Kwara State Government on Thursday disclosed that it has not sacked any worker in the employment of the government as being rumored in some quarters.
A statement signed by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Agboola Olarewaju, said that it was not true that Gov Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has sacked workers engaged by the previous administration.
The statement titled: “10 facts about ‘sunset’ workers engaged by Gov Ahmed” added that the category of workers not paid for the month of May were those employed two or three weeks ago backdated to November 2018.
According to the statement, most of these workers have never been captured on the government’s payroll before and so couldn’t have been paid May salary.
“Those appointments are called ‘sunset’ appointments (appointments made by a Governor/administration on the eve of departure).
“Instead of summary sack, what the government resolved to do is to look at their qualifications and ascertain that they are qualified to be employed.
“In Ogun, Bauchi and some other states, ‘sunset’ employees were sacked with immediate effect,” the statement added.
The statement wondered why former Gov Abdulfatah Ahmed did not deem it fit to employ them until a few weeks to leaving office, adding that some were employed on the eve of departure, but backdate the employment to November 2018.
“In 2003, former Governor Bukola Saraki sacked all of the late Governor Mohammed Lawal’s sunset appointments and also demoted some civil servants.
“A dubious interview process was conducted in which only cronies of the last administration were employed over and above those that excelled with flying colours.
“Finally, we state again that these sunset workers have not been sacked; their employment status will be looked into and salaries reinstated for those above board,” the statement said.