By Bukola Adama and Matthew Denis
Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has approved the promotion of 1,578 civil servants across all ministries for the 2017 promotion exercise.
The Chairman of the state Civil Service Commission, Alhaji Salman Adelodun Ibrahim who dropped the hint while briefing newsmen in Ilorin on Monday, explained that 1,680 civil servants registered for the promotion examination across the state.
He added that the 1,578 civil servants promoted scored 60 per cent and above while the remaining 122 civil servants scored below the cut off mark.
According to the Chairman, “the promotion cut across all ministries in the state and for officers on grade level 7 to grade level 17”.
He stated that the civil servants passed through rigorous written examination and oral interview that carried 60 and 40 per cent respectively.
Alhaji Ibrahim explained that the promotion would take effect from January 1st and it will reflect in their various salaries from the end of November.
He therefore appreciated Governor Ahmed for what he described as an uncommon step aimed at boosting the civil servants’ morale.
“As at today, the Kwara State Government is not in arrears of promotion of its entire workforce. This is because the governor sees civil servants as the engine room of government and as such they deserve motivation through yearly promotion,” he stated.
Reacting to the development, the Kwara State Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Comrade Kola Olumoh praised the state government for the giant stride particularly at this period of harsh economic environment.
He advised the entire workforce to justify the promotion by redoubling their efforts in carrying out their statutory responsibilities.
Olumoh, however, appealed for promotion of local government workers like their state counterparts.