Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has promised to reverse the decision of the government on the recent demotion of some civil servants in the state and local governments.
The Governor spoke on Wednesday during a solidarity meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in the State held at the Local Government Service Commission, Government Secretariat, Abere.
He pledged to reverse cases of those affected on the basis of further studies without approval, but were demoted on the ground of certificate forgery and other related offences
He also tasked workers to be productive and remain committed to their respective duties, saying his administration would reward hardwork.
Governor Oyetola, who reiterated the commitment of his administration to workers’ welfare, particularly the payment of salaries as and when due, urged all civil servants to support the government in its bid to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), just as he promised judicious utilisation of the resources for the benefits of all.
”As a government, we recognise the fact that Local Government Administration is the closest to the people, and it is expected of you to do the needful for the image of our government and the wellbeing of our people.
“I thank God for the sustenance of full salaries. This will continue by the grace of God. We must all be responsible to our roles to make our state a pacesetter of development. I urge you to put in your best in terms of productivity, hard work and proficiency.
”You must be able to get home and be satisfied for putting in your best. Productivity is an important aspect of service delivery. You are supposed to be prompt in all you do. Those who put in their best in terms of efforts will be rewarded.
“On the issue of demotion of some workers, we have forgiven those demoted for embarking on further studies without approval. Their cases will be reviewed and their demotion will be reversed as appropriate,” Governor Oyetola stressed.
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Adebayo Adeleke appreciated workers for their supports and urged them to do more, saying without their support, nothing can be achieved by government.
Stressing that workers of the local governments are the closest to the people at the grassroots and the impression they create about the government would go a long way, he said their commitment to service delivery is key to the development of the state.
Earlier in his address, the President of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Adeyeye Adedeji Jacob, commended the governor for being committed to workers’ wellbeing, as demonstrated in the full payment of salaries as and when due.
He pledged the readiness of local government workers to support the administration of Governor Oyetola whom he described as “gentle but rugged, humility personified, a good epitome of peace, a man who has zero tolerance for mediocrity, a leader who celebrates excellence and a great respecter of the rule of law”.
Among those present at the event were the Deputy Governor, Mr. Benedict Alabi; the Chief of Staff, Dr. Charles Akinola; the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dayo Adewole; the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Yemi Lawal; the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Rasaki Adeosun; Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Elder Tunde Adedeji, among others.