The Ogun Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has said that no worker was sacked over the two-week-old strike embarked upon by the state civil servants.
Amosun said this was contrary to insinuations in some quarters that he had ordered the dismissal of some civil servants due to the ongoing strike.
In a statement by the Senior Special Adviser on Media to the governor, Adejuwon Soyinka, on Tuesday, he noted that the affected civil servants were alleged to have been involved in certain acts of misconduct in the course of the 2016 World Teachers’ Day celebration on October 5, 2016, which was before the ongoing strike.
The statement read in part, “Contrary to such claims, what truly transpired is that the Ogun State Civil Service Commission, in furtherance of its statutory responsibility of maintaining discipline and adherence to public service rules and extant regulations, on Monday, took the decision to sanction some civil servants.
“The affected civil servants were alleged to have been involved in certain acts of misconduct in the course of the 2016 World Teachers’ Day celebration on October 5, 2016, way before the ongoing strike action commenced.
“In a statement on Monday by the Ogun State Head of Service, Sola Adeyemi, the State Civil Service Commission explained that it received complaints from concerned members of the public against some public and civil servants allegedly involved in various acts of misconduct in the course of the 2016 World Teachers’ Day celebration.
“The allegations against the affected civil and public servants include the fact that contrary to extant public service rules, they got involved in partisan politics by publicly admitting receiving money from a politician and also hiring a musician with whom they sang praises of the said politician while chanting political slogans in the course of the World Teachers’ Day celebration.
“To determine the veracity of such complaints and give the affected civil and public servants the opportunity for fair hearing, the Civil Service Commission said it set up an administrative panel of inquiry on October 17, 2016.
“Before arriving at its decisions, the panel issued queries and invited the affected civil servants, who in turn, made written and oral representations.
“After listening to all the parties involved including witnesses as well as reviewing the evidences at its disposal, the panel, in its wisdom, recommended the dismissal of 16 public and civil servants.
“Those recommended for dismissal include the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Akeem Ambali, and the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Dare Ilekoya. They were all found to have contravened the Public Service Rules 04401, 04402 (c&d) and 04406 (a) due to their involvement in the political rally they held under the guise of World Teachers’ Day celebration event.
“The panel also recommended the suspension of 19 others while exonerating one Mr. Abiodun Oriyomi Samuel who was said not to have been involved in the alleged partisan act.
From the foregoing, it is clear that the State Civil Service Commission only acted in fulfilment of its statutory responsibility and this has nothing to do with Governor Amosun or the ongoing strike action embarked upon by a section of the workforce in the state.”
Meanwhile, the Secretary to the State Government in Ogun State, Taiwo Adeoluwa, said that the sacked civil servants could appeal to the state’s Head of Service on their sackings.
According to him, it is still possible for the government to rescind its decision on the sackings and suspension, if they appeal to the office of the Head of Service.
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