Osun Assembly recommends reinstatement of sacked lecturers

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

The Osun State House of Assembly in South West Nigeria has recommended the reinstatement of sacked workers of the state-owned tertiary institutions.

The management of the Osun State Polytechnic Iree; Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke; the two Colleges of Education at Ilesa and Ila-Orangun had early in the year disengaged about 204 staff in what government tagged: redundant workers.

This indication was given in a statement following the presentation and adoption of a motion by the Leader of House, Timothy Owoeye and seconded by the Chief Whip, Folorunsho Bamisayemi.

The Speaker, Najeem Salaam said having done justice to the report at the executive session, the Assembly would ensure that the recommendations are implemented to the letter.

“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 prevailed on their matter”, he said.

The Speaker said the Assembly had not gone beyond its powers in the course of the investigation, stressing that the adoption of the report has made it compulsory for all stakeholders to comply with the directives of the Assembly as stated in the report.

He however cautioned the Governing Councils of the concerned institutions not to hide under the resolution to make it look as if the Assembly was at loggerhead with the executive.

He noted that following the directive that the status quo remained pending during the investigation, some of the institutions complied, while some still engaged in the sacking of workers.

He stressed that the action was against the order of the House and declared it null and void.

While describing Governor Rauf Aregbesola as a man who believes in the rule of law and always abides by the decision of the house, the Speaker warned that, “the Assembly would not tolerate anyone, inside or outside the government to jeopardise the harmonious relationship between the executive and the legislature in the state.”