Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi
Tunde Sanni in Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has set up an 11-man review committee to look into cases of recently sacked civil servants who believed they had genuine cases.
A statement from the Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo, said the governor’s action to raise the review panel would be the fourth step government would be taking to ensure fairness in the sack of workers, the first being a review of the cases, a panel headed by the Head of Service to review the cases, an indemnity from the consulting firm undertaking the audit of the sacked workers and this latest step.
According to the statement, the action became necessary so as to give some of the affected workers, who had been claiming that they were unjustly sacked, the opportunity to state their cases again and prove their innocence. The review panel has the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adebayo Ojo, as the chairman.
The state government had recently announced the sack of 3,000 of its workforce who were found to have entered the public service with falsified age claims and falsified certificates.
Other civil servants affected were those said to be ghost workers who had no letters of appointment or were retired and were still on the payroll of government, as well as staff who possessed outstanding disciplinary cases against them