LAUTECH: Oyo Assembly makes case for sacked workers

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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The Oyo State House of Assembly, on Friday, appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde to favourably consider the plight of the 1,803 Civil and Public servants who were ‘wrongly’ or compulsorily retired by the immediate past administration.

According to the lawmakers, the appeal became imperative in view of the fact that some staff who were also involved in the same issue of ‘disengagement for no just cause’ and had been recommended for reinstatement, were omitted in the list of those reinstated.

The House made the appeal while deliberating on a motion presented during Friday’s plenary by the Majority Leader, Mr Sanjo Onaolapo, who brought the attention of the House to the plight of the 46 staff of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, who were omitted from the list of those reinstated.

Governor Seyi Makinde had, in October 2019, set up the David Olatunde-led Review Committee and received the report on the 1,803 appeals relating to illegal retirement and dismissal between 2011 and 2019.

In the motion, Onaolapo noted that 223 affected staff of LAUTECH Hospital submitted appeals to the investigative panel but that of serial number 1-177 were considered and recommended for reinstatement while those on serial number 178-223 were not considered.

According to Onaolapo, enquiries revealed that the list containing the names on serial number 178-223 fell off from the appeal submitted to the panel, hence they were not considered for reinstatement.

He reasoned that, had the panel got the list containing their names, they may have been reinstated.

Contributing, Honourable Wumi Oladeji, representing Ogbomoso North Constituency, said the call for reconsideration by the Panel was in order because the non reinstatement of some dismissed staff was not intentional.

In his ruling on the motion, Speaker of the Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, said the reinstatement by the panel should be done for the sake of fairness and equity.

He, however, appealed that beyond LAUTECH Hospital, the reconsideration of dismissed staff should be extended across Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and parastatals.

Also, during Thursday Plenary, the House passed into law the Debt Management Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and Revenue Administration (Amendment) Bill, 2020 after they scaled through the third reading.

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