Members of staff of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo have written a petition to the Osun State House of Assembly asking the legislators to prevail on Governor Rauf Aregbesola against the alleged plan to sack over 1,000 workers in the hospital.
The workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions said this in a petition written by its chairman, A Afolabi and secretary, V.Y. Ayano. A copy of the petition addressed to the Speaker of the House of Assembly was made available to our Punch correspondent in Osogbo on Friday.
The JOHESU leadership said the directive to carry out mass retrenchment of workers in the hospital was contained on pages 9 and 10 of the government gazette No 1, Vol. 26 of 12th January, 2016.
The union asked the lawmakers to carry out independent investigation on the matter to ascertain the true position of things.
The petition read, “The above named union wishes to bring to your attention the executive order of Mr. Governor to implement mass retrenchment of over one thousand workers in LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.
“You will recall that forensic auditors were employed to carry out auditing exercise in the institution. The report of the audit even though gave favourable recommendations to Mr. Governor, however, none of the recommendations was honoured. Mr. Governor gave contrary instructions that workers should be sacked.
“We hereby appeal that the honourable lawmakers will investigate the matter for your possible intervention as a matter of urgent importance while we expect that the entire House will prevail on Mr. Governor not to implement his decision to sack.”
Some of the reasons for the planned sacking listed in the gazette include over-staffing, over-recruitment, unlawful upgrading of staff, and overstay of residency programme by the resident doctors.
This was said to have increased the wage bill and the state government is bent on sacking the workers to reduce costs.
However, the media aide to the governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, did not pick calls put to his telephone to get his principal’s reaction to the workers’ claims.
Also, the text message sent to him was yet to be responded to as of the time of filing this report.