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Mass sack: No more sack, Ekiti govt. declares

…describes media report as false, misleading

Priscilla Ofunre, Ado-Ekiti

The Ekiti State government at the weekend has declared its assurance that it would not sack any more civil servants in the state. It promised that it would rather employ many more soon.

The organised labour had on Saturday expressed disappointment and disapproval of the state government’s recent mass sack of almost 2000 staff members of both the Ekiti State University and the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital, throwing the entire workforce of the state into ​palpable fear and panic.

Labour had also alleged that there were rumours that the gale of disengagement would spread to other MDAs in the state.

But in a press release​ at the weekend by Chief Press Secretary to Governor Kayode Fayemi, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, the state government denied plan to sack more civil servants.

The statement Oyebode made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday reads in part: “the​attention of the Government of Ekiti State has been drawn to some media reports insinuating that the administration had concluded plans to sack workers in the MDAs.

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The misleading news reports, which quoted an anonymous source in the office of the Head of Service, is nothing but a tissue of lies and a figment of the imagination of the writers.

“The office of the Head of Service has denied any plan to carry out any disengagement in the listed MDAs as claimed in the malicious reports. The Head of Service, Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi, is the state official with authority to speak on issues relating to the service and not the rumour mill.

“Contrary to the concocted lies of the writers, the state government wishes to place it on record that it has no plan to sack anyone in the MDAs. Instead, it is about concluding the process of employing about 3,000 workers in the teaching and civil service in the state.

The recruitment process, which was well advertised, commenced in September 2019 and has reached the final stage as no fewer than 98 percent of the applicants that passed the competitive examinations have gone through interview sessions preparatory to the issuance of their letters of employments as teachers in the public primary and secondary schools as well as placements in different departments of the state service.

The recruitment process is going on side by side with other social security investments programmes for the youths and elderly citizens.

We implore the general public to ignore the misleading reports and be wary of hack writers and discredited purveyors of fake news whose agenda is to cause unnecessary anxiety, quoting unnamed and non- existent sources to deceive the unsuspecting ones.

Regardless of the misleading report, letters of employment will soon be issued to successful applicants. This is in continuation of plan by the Dr. Kayode Fayemi – led administration to fortify the public service with qualified personnel and create diverse opportunities for others in entrepreneurship.