The State Government of Osun has confirmed the appointment of 1,146 local government workers in the state.
The Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Elder Peter Babalola in a press statement on Friday said the confirmation was in compliance with Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s directive on the lifting of embargo on confirmation, promotion and conversion of civil servants in the state.
According to Babalola, the confirmation exercise had started on Monday with local government staff from Osun West Senatorial District, followed by Osun East and rounded off with Osun Central.
Babalola disclosed that promotion exercise and other staff entitlements to personnel due for it would be implemented without further delay, stating that the Aregbesola’s administration is committed to the welfare of workers.
Commending the local government staff generally for their endurance and commitment, Babalola enjoined them to continue to give maximum support to the government in power in order to continue to affect people’s lives positively.
It would be recalled that the state government had earlier in May lifted embargo on conversion, advancement, promotion, confirmation and career progression of the state civil servants.
The Head of Service, Dr Festus Oyebade had said the approval was in honour of the agreement the state government reached with labour unions in the state on December 30, 2017.
Oyebade said the embargo, then, was due to the harsh economic situation of the country which he said resulted to financial quagmire for the state.
He said the ban on conversion, advancement, promotion and confirmation was meant to manage the meagre financial resources of the state and reduce the severe effect of the economic recession, then, on the state.
“Consequently, workers will now be confirmed, converted, promoted and moved to the next level as at when due. It should be noted that such confirmation, conversion and promotion have nominal effects, only while the approval excludes multiple advancement from junior to senior cadres”, he said.