Ex-Kogi Deputy Gov, wife in job racketeering scandal

OrijoReporter.com, Dr. Philip Salawu

The lid on an illegal recruitment of a School Certificate holder into the Kogi State Civil Service as a middle level officers on Grade Level 13 by the immediate past deputy governor of Kogi State, Dr. Philip Salawu was blown wide open on Monday in Lokoja during the state’s staff screening exercise.

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The employment of a female civil servant, Alalonu Vivian Salawu, a relation of the former deputy governor into the state civil service on Grade level 13 has come into question following her qualification.

Vivian, a school certificate holder with four credit, under civil service rule should have been employed on Level 3.

However, the two-time deputy governor under ex-governor Ibrahim Idris subverted the rule. He facilitated the employment of Vivian as medical officer on grade level 13, step 6.

Speaking while facing the State staff screening appeal committee yesterday, Vivian narrated her role and that of the ex-deputy governor and his wife in the employment scandal.

She said, “Dr Philip Salawu told his personal assistant to write the application on my behalf, which i later signed. He then recommended me for employment as medical officer.

“I was taking the salary to his wife through her personal assistant while they gave me only N15,000 every month. When they were about to leave government, he 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.”

A chartered accountant, entrepreneur and politician, apart from being two-time deputy governor of Kogi State under former Governor Ibrahim Idris, Dr. Salawu was Labour Party governorship candidate in the last general election.


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