Abiodun retains 1,000 workers engaged by Amosun
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has ordered that the last minute appointments of permanent secretaries made in the twilight of the immediate past administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun, be regularised.
The Governor also directed the mainstreaming and regularisation of appointment of over 1,000 graduates recruited into the State Civil Service by Amosun.
Speaking at the swearing-in of eight newly-appointed permanent secretaries in Abeokuta, Abiodun said despite some flaws noted in the appointments and recruitments, his government has decided to be magnanimous as a people-centred administration not to be vindictive.
His words: “It is important to make public that we received with great recommendations the report of the Review Committee on the appointments and recruitments made by the immediate past administration between February and May, 2019.
“Let me state that we appreciate the recommendations of the Review Committee, comprising eminent retired public servants, that the appointments and recruitments were fraught with non-adherence to the principles and laid-down traditions of the public service.
“But in line with our administration’s commitment to equity, fairness, justice and inclusiveness, we will not engage in any action or policy that may be viewed as vendetta, rather, we will call on all to continue to put in their best for the service delivery to the people of Ogun State.
“Despite some flaws, we have upheld all the appointments of the permanent secretaries made in the twilight of the last administration.”Abiodun cautioned against lobbying by civil servants to attain unmerited position, saying all the new permanent secretaries got their appointments on merit. “I never met any of these new permanent secretaries before. I had no private discussion over who to choose. If you merit it under my watch, you will surely get your promotion as and when due,” he said.
The newly-appointed permanent secretaries were chosen from the directors’ cadre in the State Civil Service.They include Ms Fadimitu Olusola, Ojetola Razak, Sodeinde Olukunle, Sotubo Olurotimi, Orekoya Bolaji, Lukan Jubril, Benson Lateef, and Sorunke Dotun.
There was palpable tension among the workers last year, when in August Governor Abiodun set up a committee led by a former Head of Service, Dipo Odulate, to look into the appointments and promotions approved by Amosun between February 1st and May 28th, 2019.
Recall that Amosun had in April appointed 18 permanent secretaries, barely a month to the end of his administration and also approved the recruitment of over 1,000 workers into the state’s civil service, while he promoted 5,000 others.
But Abiodun, while inaugurating the committee, said the feedback received by his administration on some appointments into the state’s public and civil service was unsatisfactory, hence the need for the committee. He noted that the public service, renowned for its professionalism, commitment and dedication, would be provided with the right type of leadership to enable it perform optimally.
Similarly, the Governor also directed the Civil Service Commission, and the office of the Head of Service, to come up with modalities for the regularisation of those newly employed between the same period covered by the House of Assembly resolutions with a view to normalising their appointments.He urged the new permanent secretaries to see their elevation as a call to greater service to the state, adding that they are to serve as standard bearers in the state public service.
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