Ekiti to Sack over 2,000 Workers

Mr Muyiwa Olumilua

Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti

The Ekiti State Government has commenced a move to allegedly sack over 2,000 workers claimed to have been ‘illegally employed’ by the past administration of Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The affected workers include the 2,000 those employed after the July 14, 2018, governorship election won by Governor Kayode Fayemi.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua, who stated this in Ado Ekiti yesterday after the weekly state executive meeting, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) then warned against illegal recruitment, and urged job seekers to shun last minute moves by Fayose to employ some people into the state civil service.

Olumilua added that the decision to sack those he described as illegal staff was arrived at after perusing the reports of a panel set up to review employments into the state civil service in the last four years.

He said: “Fayemi has directed the Head of Service (HoS), Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi, to collate all available vacancies in the civil service with the overhead implications to enable the state government prepare to recruit suitable and qualified Ekiti citizens into the public service, irrespective of the party affiliations

“The officers reinstated into the Local Government Service Commission between October 16, 2014, and October 15, 2018 are to be reabsorbed by the relevant personnel boards as well as migrated to biometric payroll with immediate effect.

“All 272 officers employed by the Fayose administration, who are still on manual payroll, shall be considered for absorption into the civil service but on case-by-case basis. Absorption will be conditional on availability of vacancies.

“The 169 officers recruited in 2014 but had their appointments terminated by the Fayose administration shall be considered for reabsorption by the Ekiti State House of Assembly Service Commission, but on a case-by-case basis. Reabsorption will be conditional on availability of vacancies in their previous offices of appointment.”

The commissioner added: “Officers dismissed between October 16, 2014, and October 15, 2018, in the following ministries should go to the Office of Establishment to ascertain their current status.

“All appointments made after the gubernatorial election of July 2018, an exercise found to have violated due process, are hereby cancelled and declared null and void.

“All affected persons are advised to participate in the next recruitment exercise to be announced in due course.”

Fayose, who reacted to the proposed sack, described the action as the height of wickedness and political vendetta promoted to the peak.

His spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, in a statement last Wednesday said: “Fayemi has only succeeded in writing his name in the history books of the state as one who inflicts pains and sorrow on the people.”

“Fayemi has only demonstrated the wickedness in his heart by sacking Ekiti sons and daughters who were duly employed by the state government.

“It will be on record that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government of Fayose gave jobs to over 2,000 unemployed youths in the state while the APC government of Fayemi sacked them.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Sola Adigun, has appealed to the state government not to use the error and mistake of the past government to mete out punishment on innocent workers.

“This is not a right, but a plea to the government to allow them remain in the system. We are going to see Governor Fayemi and Head of Service, Ayodeji Ajayi, to please stop this recurrent issue of government sacking those employed by their predecessors,” he said.

The State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, in a statement by the State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Jackson Adebayo, noted that the sack of the workers is not only an anti-people policy, but an irresponsible politics of a rudderless government.