Plateau govt revokes Lalong’s appointments

PLATEAU State government has revoked some appointments made by former governor, Simon Lalong.

The state governor Caleb Mutfwang announced this in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Gyang Bere, on Friday, June 9.

“All appointments into the state civil service made from October 1, 2022 to date are hereby suspended with effect from same date, subject to review in line with due process.

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“All those who have retired but are yet to vacate their offices or duty posts, either because of extension or contract appointment, are to hand over any government property in their possession and vacate office immediately,” the statement said.

The governor also directed that civil servants who were promoted to the post of Permanent Secretaries from January 2023 till date should return to their previous offices.

The statement said the decision was based on abuse of public service rules by the previous administration.

The governor also cited indiscriminate and irregular employment of staff into the state and local governments by Lalong’s administration as another reason for rescinding the appointments.

“All civil servants due for retirement but are yet to tender their letters of retirement or notice of retirement should do so forthwith and proceed on retirement immediately,” Mutfwang ordered.

Before the end of his administration, Lalong made some last minute appointments of permanent secretaries and employment of civil servants.

Barely 48 hours to the end of his tenure, he appointed Rauta Dakok as the new Head of Service of the state.

Until her appointment, Dakok was the Permanent Secretary (General Administration) in the Office of the Head of Service.

Lalong also swore in 10 new permanent secretaries in January, saying the appointments were to improve on service delivery and create employment opportunities.

Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via or @ije_le on Twitter.

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