Kwara governor denies sacking any worker

Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has denied sacking any worker as being rumoured.

A statement on Thursday by Mr Abdulrazaq’s deputy spokesman, Agboola Olarewaju, said the governor had not terminated the employment of any worker employed by the previous administration.

Rumours of sack began spreading after several workers were left out of May payday.

The statement said that the category of workers not paid for the month of May were those employed two to three weeks ago, but backdated to November 2018.

Mr Olarewaju said most of the affected workers have never been captured on the government’s payroll before and so could not 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,” Olarewaju said.

The deputy spokesman, however, assured that the “sunset workers have not been sacked; their employment status will be looked into and salaries reinstated for those above board.’’