OSOGBO — Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State and his predecessor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, yesterday, clashed over the number of workers employed in the twilight of the government of the latter.
They also disagreed on issuance of Executive Orders and sacking of monarchs.
While the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, accused Oyetola of employing over 12, 000 workers before vacating office, spokesperson to the former governor, Ismail Omipidan, challenged the Adeleke administration to publish the list of the 12,000 workers, saying the figure was unfounded.
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It was gathered that the Oyetola administration employed 2,400 teachers in primary and post-primary schools across the state, while some contract staff were regularised across ministries and parastatals, apart from the Osun Youth Empowerment (Volunteer) Scheme.
But Governor Adeleke’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, who featured on a Rave FM talk show, yesterday, said the administration has not sacked any workers nor dethroned three monarchs in the state.
Gov clarifies Executive Orders
Rasheed clarified Executive Order number 3 on Employment, which states that “all employments in the service of Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in all the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards and Parastatals after July 17, 2022 be and are, hereby, nullified.
Clarifying Executive Order 4 on Appointments, he said; “All appointments in the service of Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in all the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Boards and Parastatals after July 17, 2022, be and are hereby reversed.
Similarly, on Executive Order number 5 on Chieftaincy Affairs and appointment of traditional rulers, he said; “All appointments of traditional rulers made by Osun State Government after July 17, 2022, are, hereby, ordered to be reviewed to ensure there was strict compliance with due process of chieftaincy declarations and native law, custom and tradition relating to such chieftaincies.
”In the case of Ikirun, Iree and Igbajo, to avoid further breakdown of law and order, the appointments of Akirun of Ikirun, Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo are hereby put on hold, pending review.
”Subsequently, the palaces of Akinrun of Ikirun, Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo should remain unoccupied, while security agencies are hereby ordered to take charge.”
On Executive Order number 6 Setting up Review Committees, he said; “In line with the executive orders Nos 2, 3, 4 and 5 already issued by me, I, hereby, order the set-up of a Review Committees.”
We never sacked workers, monarchs
— Adeleke’s spokesman
Speaking on the radio programme, the governor’s spokesman said Executive Orders 3, 4, and 5 were subjected to the instrumentality of Order 6
His words: “There was never sack of any worker or traditional ruler. We only set up a review panel, it is impossible to sack and put a review panel in place.
“The review panel is to look at the numbers of the people that were employed, due processes of the employment, and qualification among other things.
“The executive orders are like a package, the initial orders read out the intentions of the administration to review, nullify, set aside and all those, but, the instrumentality for effecting 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Orders were now the Order 6, which is the panel. This is why we are ordering a staff audit. It will look into activities from July 17th till we took over.
“Those that were employed from July 17 till now are still at work presently, they have not been sacked. The staff audit will review their employment.”
Publish lists of 12,000 newly employed workers
Countering Adeleke yesterday, former Governor Oyetola challenged his successor to publish the list of the purported 12,000 workers.
Oyetola, in a statement by his spokesperson, Ismail Omipidan, said: “The claim by the Osun Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, that the immediate past governor employed 12, 000 workers is not only false but unfounded.
“I, therefore, challenge the state government to publish the list of the purported 12, 000 workers. What is the entire workforce of the state?
“Once a lie is told, you need 1, 001 lies to cover it up. In no distant future, the people of Osun will know who the real liars are.”
blunders — APC
Similarly, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State, yesterday, described the setting up of various review Panels by Governor Adeleke as an afterthought and one designed to arrive at pre-determined outcomes.
The party, in a statement by its Director of Operations, Mr. Sunday Akere, said: “We told you from day one that these people have nothing to offer. We can all see from their first action that they are even confused.
“They had told us long ago that they were coming to sack. They came and announced it. Why set up a panel after taking a decision? What they are doing can be likened to doing ablution after observing prayers. Who does that?
“You have asked traditional rulers to step aside, yet you want a panel to do a review. Are they taking up the role of the judiciary as well because we are aware that some of the cases are already in court? Furthermore, we know for a fact that our government enthroned over 20 monarchs before we left. Why focus on just three? And of these three, one was our former party chairman. Is there no political undertone in all of these?
“Nigerians must be aware that the panels are going to work from the answers. And since the answers are known, why waste taxpayers’ money unnecessarily? The governor should be humble enough to admit his blunders. He appears to lack the basic understanding of how governance works.”
Review committee sworn-in
Earlier yesterday, the Deputy Governor, Kola Adewusi, swore-in four review committees at Imole House, in line with the Governor’s Executive Order 6.
During the swearing-in of members of the panel, Adewusi said setting up the panel became imperative to review actions of the last administration to give the new government insight and enable a smooth take-off.
Highlighting some of the reasons the panel was put in place, Adewusi alleged that some assets and property of the state were mismanaged by the immediate past administration.
The panels include; the Staff Audit/Appointment/Promotions Review committee headed by Dr Muyiwa Oladimeji, the State Assets, Inventory and Recovery Committee headed by Dr B.T. Salam and the Contracts/MOU/Agreements Review Committee, headed by Mr Niyi Owolade and Chieftaincy Affairs Review Committee chaired by Reverend Bunmi Jenyo.