By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Twelve out of 16 workers in the Ogun State Public Service, who were dismissed by the state government, have now been recalled.
Also, all the 19 employees suspended from work have been directed to return to work.
It would be recalled that the affected workers were punished for their alleged unethical conducts during this year’s Teachers’ Day celebration.
A statement signed on Tuesday by the Ogun State Head of Service, Elder Sola Adeyemi, directed the sacked workers recalled by the state government to return to work with effect from January 2, 2017, while those dismissed are to resume at their duty posts with effect from December 1, 2016.
Elder Adeyemi explained in the statement that the workers were ‘forgiven’ following interventions from National and State leaderships of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), traditional rulers, elders, religious leaders, eminent personalities as well as the affected workers.
He said this forced the government to revisit the matter and after a careful consideration of the report at the conclusion of the review exercise, it decided to immediately pardon 31 of the concerned workers on compassionate grounds.
“Let me state at this juncture that cases of the other remaining four dismissed workers, including Messrs Dare Ilekoya, Eniola Atiku, Nola Balogun and Akeem Ambali are still undergoing evaluation and assure you that government will come out with the conclusion in their cases in due course.
“Government appreciates the noble roles of all stakeholders for their interventions that have resulted in this review. We are particularly grateful to the leaderships of the organized labour at the national and local levels for their support.
“We equally appreciate our highly revered traditional rulers, elders, religious leaders, eminent personalities as well as other well-meaning individuals for their interventions.
“Let me also use this medium to reiterate that the commitment of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration to the welfare of workers will continue to remain paramount as it pursues a tranquil industrial environment in the state,” he said.
It would also be recalled that 35 workers were sanctioned on Monday, October 31, 2016 after a Panel of Investigation set up to investigate them individually on the allegations levied against them by concerned members of the public, found them guilty of committing various infractions of the Public Service Rules.
“Nineteen of them were suspended while 16 were dismissed on the recommendations of the panel.
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