Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state on Thursday made good his promise by recalling workers in the state owned broadcasting outfit named, Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo state (BCOS) sacked by the immediate past administration in the state.
According to the governor, the workers were recalled because they were unjustly sacked.
Recalled that the Ajimobi’s administration had in February 2016, terminated the appointments of the recalled officers after a restructuring and verification exercise was conducted in the heat of paucity of fund.
The recalled civil servants were officially received by the corporation’s Executive Chairman, Prince Dotun Oyelade, who described Governor Makinde as a promise-keeper.
Recall that Governor Makinde had last year set up a committee that looked into the cases of sacked civil servants with the committee finding out that, some workers deserved the punishment, while a number of them had their appointments unjustly terminated.
The committee recommended that those that were unjustly sacked should be recalled.
Some of the recalled staff are Mr. Oyeboade Oyewole of the News and Current Affairs Department, Mr Peter Ajayi of the Commercial Services Department, Mr Segun Lawale of Administration and Supplies Department, Mr. Akinniyi Akinlabi of the Engineering Department, and Mr Ademola Adeniyi of the Programmes Department.
Addressing the recalled staff on Thursday, Oyelade noted that the governor, on hearing about the disengagement of the staff in February 2019, during the electioneering, was pained for the unjustified disengagement of the career officers, and promised to look into the matter.
“This is a veritable template for the recalled officers to know that the present administration will not let injustice prevail forever. The present administration plans to get on with this as we move along towards 2023,” he said.
Oyelade, however, congratulated the recalled officers on behalf Governor Makinde, adding that the governor expects them to get to work immediately without any kind of disruption to the system presently on ground, emphasising the need for cooperation between the recalled staff those on ground so that the BCOS Projects could move forward unabated.
He appealed to the recalled officers to add value and make a difference immediately, saying the should quickly adapt into the system they left four years ago, adding that the corporation’s signals have been expanded such that all the nooks and crannies of the state have been listening to the station clearly on radio. He said the governor has also promised to extend the corporation’s television viewership all over the state by the last quarter of this year.