The Governor State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola on Wednesday pardoned state workers who were demoted having found wanting after the screening exercise which was conducted last year.
The news which was received with gratitude by Local government employees, was revealed at a program organised by the Nigeria Union of Local government employees (NULGE), tagged ‘A Day Out with Mr Governor’, held at the Local Government Service Commission Hall, State Secretariat Abere.
Governor Oyetola held that “the affected persons derailed from due process through unapproved further education engaged by them, which showed a full time study while they are still in the service of the state government, stressing that there is no way someone working full time can school full time at the same time. Having considered the request of the President of Osun NULGE, the governor then graciously pardoned the affected persons.
At the overfilled hall, Governor Gboyega Oyetola explained further that “the introduction of the clock-in module is not to monitor staff, but to regulate and sanitize the system and used the occasion to commend workers who are really working hard for their salary.
Talking about the success story of the Economic Summit held in the state, Governor Oyetola said investors have approached the state, using the medium to implore the grassroot staff to embrace farming which he said could return the state to it’s position as the number two producer of cocoa products in the country.
Governor Oyetola stated that “the government is ready to support any council that venture into agriculture, commending Ola-Oluwa local government for taking the lead in agriculture”.
On Internally Generated Revenue, the Governor called on everyone to see it as a priority meant to serve the state in terms of payment of salary and infrastructural development. While calling for support and improvement on the IGR, he also announced that the loan board will become functional and accessible.
Earlier in the delivery of his goodwill message, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Adebayo Adeleke stated that there is cordial relationship between the political class and bureaucrats in the state, saying workers at the grassroot are the government hence the government under the leadership of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola is not handling their matters with levity.
He maintained that the era of half salary, half work attendance is gone in the state, describing it as an old style, he said the commencement of the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola birthed consistency and dedication to work and duty by all in the state of Osun.
Similarly, the President Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, Osun State, Comrade Adeyeye Adedeji congratulated Governor Oyetola on the numerous achievements in his one year in office, on sustenance and payment of full salaries, provision of moribound health centers across the local governments in the state, provision of one meal per day for the school children, as well as improvement in Internally Generated Revenue.
Comrade Adedeji said the remarkable developments by the administration of Governor Oyetola show that the people of the state are enjoying visible dividends of democracy, calling the attention of the Governor to manpowerSectors of the state and asked that local government staff loans be funded and directorate system at the grassroot be restored, while he gave kudos to the Governor for the improved welfare of staff of the government.