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Osun Assembly Orders Reinstatement of Sacked Workers

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The Osun State House of Assembly has ordered the reinstatement of some workers of the state owned tertiary institutions who were recently sacked by the school management.

Over 200 were sacked in January by the management of the Osun State Polytechnic Iree; Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke; Osun State Colleges of Education, Ilesa and Ila Orangun.

The affected workers were said to be those that were unproductive; some had received two queries while some were found wanton by panel of enquiries on some allegation of misconduct, sexual harassment, among others.

But there is contrary information that the Aregbesola the state government had sacked the workers to reduce the wage bill of the state.

The sacking of the workers from academics and non-academics session of the tertiary institutions generated hues and cries in the state, forcing the House of Assembly to set up a committee to investigate the sacking of the affected workers.

Speaker of the House, Hon. Najeem Salam while receiving the report of the adhoc committee on Tuesday directed Governing Council of the state owned tertiary institutions to reinstate the affected workers inline with the recommendation of the committee.

The speaker, according to press statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr Olatubosun Oyintiloye, urged the governing councils not to do anything contrary to the recommendations in order not to portray the legislature and the executive arms of government as being at loggerheads.

Salam stated that the reports have been deliberated upon at the executive session and justice had been done to them, adding that House would ensure that its recommendations were fully implemented by the governing councils of the institutions.

The Speaker said: “I want to say that in the report, people have been reinstated and the committees confirmed where necessary, the decision of the councils.

“In the course of the investigations, the committees went through all the records of those involved and the reasons for their reinstatement or otherwise have been stated by the committees in the report.

“So, for the lecturers and other affected staffers, there is nothing to fear because, justice has eventually prevail on their matter.”

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