Reinstate Us, Workers Sacked By Amosun Beg Gov Abiodun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, March 5, 2020

Reinstate Us, Workers Sacked By Amosun Beg Gov Abiodun

From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

Civil servants in Ogun State, 27 of them, whose employments were terminated by the then Governor Ibikunle Amosun - led administration, have passionately appealed to Governor Dapo Abiodun, to reabsorb them into the service.

The affected workers, under the aegis of 'Ogun State Disengaged 2011 Workers Movement,' made this appeal in a letter dated February 18, 2020 and signed by its chairman, Awolesi Samuel.

A copy of the letter titled: "Letter of Compassionate Appeal for Reinstatement Back into the Service of Ogun State," which was addressed to the Office of the Governor through the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, was sighted by The Daily Crucible on Thursday in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital. 

Awolesi in the letter said the workers were employed into the Civil Service of Ogun State in 2011 by the then outgoing governor, Gbenga Daniel, but were "verbally sacked" by the succeeding administration of Ibikunle Amosun. 

He lamented that the affected civil servants had worked for three months without pay before their appointments were summarily terminated by Amosun- led administration without recourse to any civil service procedures.

 Awolesi, who noted that efforts made to ensure their sack was reversed proved abortive, said some of his colleagues had died during the struggle to get them reinstated back into the service.

He, however, appealed to Abiodun to use his office to see to the reinstatement of the 2011 disengaged workers, just as he absorbed over one thousand workers employed by Amosun in the twilight of his administration in 2019.

The letter reads: "We have decided to write Your Excellency, over the decision of the former governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who asked us to be laid off from our different offices shortly after he resumed office in 2011, without any official termination of our appointments.

"In our to bid to make our voices to be heard, some of us, as major bread winners, have lost their lives. This led us to start Ogun State Disengaged 2011 Workers Movement.

"We want to beg you, to please help us on our reinstatement into active service in Ogun State. Since our disengagement, we have been struggling to survive. 

"We wish to thank Your Excellency for absorbing those five hundred and fifty seven teachers from community schools, as well as over one thousand workers via Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) examination, employed towards the end of the last administration. 

"We, hereby, make passionately appeal that the same magnanimous gesture be extended to us as we are under the same condition since 2011."

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