28th July, 2011
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State on Wednesday set up a six-member committee to review the cases of 2,000 workers whose appointments were recently terminated by the state government.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workers, employed at the twilight of the Gbenga Daniel administration, were sacked because the government claimed that their appointments did not follow due process.
The affected workers had staged a protest march to the Governorâ€™s Office, the House of Assembly, the NUJ Secretariat and major streets in Abeokuta.
The state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had also intervened on their behalf, by appealing to the state government to reinstate them.
A statement by Mrs. Funmi Wakama, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on
Media, on Wednesday in Abeokuta said the committee was expected to review the appointments and make necessary recommendations on the workers eligibility for employment into the civil service.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, is the Chairman of the committee, while the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Segun Odubela, and his Local Government and
Chieftaincy Affairs counterpart, Mr. Muyiwa Oladipo, are members.
Other members are the Special Adviser to the Governor on MDGs, Mrs. Hafsat Abiola-Costello, the Permanent Secretary, Civil Service Commission, Mr. K.A. Lawal, and the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Establishment and Training, Mrs. A.O. Kujore.
The statement quoted the governor as saying that his administration was not interested in sacking workers, but was rather resolutely committed to the implementation of its five cardinal programmes.