The Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has described as untrue the reports in the media that the Accountant General of the state, Mr Alaba Kolawole, resigned his position.
The governor, in a statement issued by his media aide, Mr Sola Fasure, said the accountant general attained the age of 60 on August 11 and retired from the service voluntarily on the account of age.
He urged the public to disregard the news of the resignation of the AG, while explaining that the letter written to banks by Kolawole was necessary because he could no longer sign cheques on behalf of the state having retired from the service.
The statement read in part, “For the avoidance of doubt, Mr Kolawole retired voluntarily from service, having attained the statutory age of 60 on August 11, 2018.
“He duly notified the state government, through the Head of Service on May 11, 2018. The Head of Service also notified the governor on June 11, 2018. Governor Aregbesola then approved the retirement on June 16, 2018.
“As statutorily required of him, Mr Kolawole wrote to the banks and financial institutions doing business with the government, to notify them of the invalidity of his signature since he will be stepping out of service and will no longer be competent to act as a signatory to the government’s accounts or transact business on behalf of the government.
“Having served the state meritoriously for 31 years, Mr Kolawole deserves a happy and peaceful retirement, not wild and unfounded allegations that maligned his person and portrayed him as a disloyal and troublesome civil servant.”
“It is regrettable that Mr Kolawole’s retirement has been twisted and complete falsehood built around this due process. We are not in doubt that this falsehood was concocted at the PDP secretariat and this tiny section of the media is the willing tools. Mr Kolawole has since set the records straight and debunked the lies.”