Yahya Bello replaces new Head of Service three days after appointment

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahya Bello has sacked newly appointed Head of Service, Mrs. Hasana Lawal barely 72 hours after her appointment.

The decision is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Lokoja, the state capital by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Ayoade.

Lawal was appointed as the substantive Head of Service on August 23 after she had acted in that capacity from March 15, 2016.

Ayoade said Lawal’s retirement was with immediate effect.

Though no reason was given for her retirement from the civil service, there was widespread speculation suggesting a crisis of confidence between the governor and the retiree.

Both Lawal and Gov. Yahaya Bello hail from Okene Local Government Area of the state.

Ayoade, however, said that Bello has  appointed Lawal as his new Special Adviser on Civil Service, Labour and Pension matters.

She also announced Mrs Deborah Ogunmola as the new Head of Service with effect from Monday.

Ogunmola who hails from Ogori, Ogori-Magongo Local Government Area of the state,  joined the service in 1983 and  held several positions, including being the Sole Administrator of Mopa-Muro Local Government  Council.

She was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Housing until her new appointment.

Ogunmola holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology.

Ayoade said the governor also approved the appointment of 14 others as special advisers, senior special assistants, special assistant and seven chairmen of boards and parastatal agencies.


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