Compulsory Leave Not To Sack Workers, Says Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State. Photo: NAN

The Osun State government has no plans to tactically retrench workers through compulsory leave order given recently.

That is according to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who was reacting to allegation that his government has concluded plans to tactically retrench workers.

The governor, who was at the commissioning of a new secretariat complex of Iwo East Local Council Development Area (LCDA) donated by a prominent indigene, Chief Abiola Ogundokun, described workers in the state as the life-wire of socio-economic development.

He added that on no account had his administration contemplated reducing the workforce.

According to a statement, the government said the order was necessary in view of the constitutional rights of every worker to benefit from leave yearly as enshrined in the civil service rules.

Move not meant to hurt anyone

Governor Aregbesola said the move was not meant to either hurt or dehumanise any worker. According to him it was meant to strengthen the laid-down civil service rules in a bid to enhancing greater productivity.

The governor re-affirmed that despite the effects of the current economic recession, the state under his watch would not for any reason depopulate the workforce.

According to him, the decision was reached having been informed of the accumulated leave of some of the top officials in the state civil service.

He said the state had been working round the clock to fix the economy through diversification so as to further ensure stability in governance.

“It is disheartening that some people have become perpetual rumour peddlers. They never live by the truth but rather deriving pleasure from spreading propaganda and falsehood.

“As we all know, leave is a work-relief benefit for workers and it is expected of every worker that is due for it to do so.

”We are not sacking any worker under any pretence as being rumoured but rather enforcing the conventional rules and civil service principles,” he added.

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