A mild drama played out at the venue of the Kogi State staff screening appeal committee yesterday when a lady, Alalonu Vivian Salawu, confessed how one-time deputy governor of the state, Dr. Philip Salawu, approved her appointment as medical officer on grade level 13, step 6 despite her having only a secondary school certificate with four credits.
Immediately this was discovered, the lady who hails from Imo State, was referred to the quality assurance team of the committee where, on further interrogation, the fraud was uncovered.
She said, “The former deputy governor, Dr Philip Salawu, directed his personal assistant to write the application on my behalf and I was asked to sign. Salawu immediately recommended me for employment as medical officer, a directive which was immediately carried out by the permanent secretary.
“I was taking the salary to the wife of the former deputy governor’s wife through her personal assistant while they gave me only N15,000 every month. When they were about to leave government, Salawu quickly directed that I be converted to a clerical officer and I was posted out of his office to the Office of the Head of Service.”