November 30, (THEWILL) – The Osun state government has debunked reports that Governor Ademola Adeleke has sacked 12,000 employees of the state and dethroned three monarchs.
Olawale Rasheed, spokesperson to the governor, who made the clarification, said Governor Adeleke only set up a panel to review all appointments and employment made by his predecessor, Adegboyega Oyetola, with a view to ensure due process was followed.
Rasheed spoke on Tuesday, while speaking on a private radio station, Rave FM.
He said the reported dethronement of 3 monarchs, Akinrun of Ikinrun, Oba Yinusa Akadiri; Aree of Ire, Oba Ademola Oluponle and Owa of Igbajo, Oba Gboyega Famodun, was not true.
According to him, “There was never a sack of any worker or traditional ruler. We only set up a review panel. It is impossible to sack and put review panel in place.
“The review panel is to look at the numbers of the people that were employed, due processes of the employment, and qualification, among other things. Before our taking over, there were issues of backdating of employment, even till last year. So order 1-5 will be operationalised by order 6, which are the panels.
“Those that were employed from July 17 till our takeover are still at work presently, they have not been sacked. The staff audit will review the employment. Within 4 hours, Adeleke has dismantled the illegality of 4 months, all the bobby traps, he has dismantled them.”
THEWILL recalls that the governor, on Monday, issued six Executive Orders.
The “Executive Order number five on Chieftaincy Affairs and appointment of traditional rulers had read:
“All appointments of traditional rulers made by Osun State Government after 17th July, 2022, are hereby ordered to be reviewed to ensure there was strict compliance with due process of chieftaincy declarations and native law, custom and tradition, relating to such chieftaincies.
“In the case of Ikirun, Iree and Igbajo, to avoid further breakdown of law and order, the appointments of Akinrun of Ikinrun, Aree of Ire and Owa of Igbajo, are hereby put on hold, pending review. Subsequently, the palaces of Akinrun of Ikirun, Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo should remain unoccupied, while security agencies are hereby ordered to take charge.”
Also the Executive Order 3 and 4 read: “All employments in the service of Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in all the ministries, departments, agencies, commissions, boards and parastatals after July 17, 2022, are hereby nullified.
“All appointments in the service of Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in the ministries, departments, agencies, commissions, boards and parastatals after July 17, 2022, are hereby reversed.”
Executive Order 6, reads: “In line with the executive orders Nos 2, 3, 4 and 5 already issued by me, I hereby order the set-up of Review Committees.”