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Service Extension: Group chides Adeleke, assembly over ‘conspiracy to collapse public service’

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Service Extension: Group chides.Adeleke, assembly over 'conspiracy to collapse public service'

 

Following the alleged extension of service year of the Osun Head of Service Mr Samuel Ayanleye Aina and Accountant General of the state, Mr Rasheed Olalere Alabi, a human rights organization, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), has chided the both executive and legislative arms of government in the state over what it said was a “grand conspiracy to collapse the public service.”

The State chairman of the group, Comrade Emmanuel Olowu, while addressing the press at NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel on Wednesday, in Osogbo, alleged both arms of government of conspiracy to loot the treasury of the state.

Olowu noted that the governor does not have the constitutional power to elongate the tenure of any civil servant, saying that the idea of extending the service year of retiring public officers is a stampede of the Public Service Rule 020810.

According to him, extending the service year would encourage corrupt practices, promoting nepotism and increase in unemployment among the people of the state.

He called on the Governor Ademola Adeleke to apologize to the entire Civil Service for acting in aberration against the Public Service Rules 2011 of the State.

He urged the Governor to immediately withdraw the three-year extension of service years given to Mr.Olaleye Aina, the state Head of Service and Mr. Rasheed Alabi, the accountant general of the state.

He said, ”the beneficiaries of the Governor’s impunity are: Executive Secretary, Mr Salawu Olatiloye of the Natural and Mineral Resources; Osun State Head of Service, Mr Samuel Ayanleye Aina and Osun State Accountant-General Mr Rasheed Olalere Alabi.”

According to him, “We the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) are here to express our deep concern over the continuous disregard of the Public Service Rule by the Governor of Osun State, Sen. Ademola Adeleke. The Governor has demonstrated enough discontent for the public service rule by retaining the Head of Service, Mr Samuel Ayanleye Aina and the Accountant General of the State, Mr. Rasheed Olalere Alabi, after reaching their individual’s retirement age.

“While Governor Adeleke approved the extension of the service year of the Head of Service via a letter signed by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Kazeem Akinleye on 04/12/2023, we have it on good authority that the Governor has also decided to retain the Accountant General.

“We used the word retain putting into consideration the fact that the Accountant General who was to retire on March 14, 2024 has remained in office and continued to perform the AG’s duty, even when there is no approval for his extension of service yet. The Accountant-General is still in the office after retirement.

“The Governor has been acting with impunity; and the House of Assembly is also an accomplice in disregarding the Osun Public Service Rule 2011.

“CDHR had written the House of Assembly on the 4th of March 2024 on the need to caution Governor Adeleke on the bastardization of the public service, and the need to retrace his step on the planed extension of service year of the Accountant General. But the House of Assembly decided not to act on our letter.

“We want you to note that the Osun State Civil Service is now in free for all and in a state while nepotism and favouritism prevails over competence, extant law and the general public service rule.

“How could the Accountant-General, who was to retire on Thursday, 14th March 2024 failed to retire and other permanent Secretary who should have dropped their letter of retirement six months to their retirement age have also failed to do so because they are of the assumption that what is good for the HOS and the AG should be good for all senior cadre officers too.

“We note that there is a grand conspiracy between the Executive and Legislative arms of government to collapse the public service in the bid to continue looting the state treasury.

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“The Governor should order all Permanent Secretaries whose retirements are less than six months and who are yet to submit their letter of retirement as stated in the Public Service Rule to commence the process immediately.

“Governor Adeleke should instruct the office of the Head of Service to put his words into mediums of communication within civil service as a letter to deny any plan to extend the year of service of the retiring Permanent Secretaries, including Accountant General, Auditor Generals, Surveyor General, Statistician General and the likes.

“The Governor should pronounce that whoever has reached the age of 60 or spent 35 years in service should go on retirement without further delay.

“Conclusively, we like the world to know that as an organization, we will not relent and we shall fight the Governor’s aberration via all legal means, putting into consideration the effect of this act of stampede of the Public Service Rule.”

Adeleke denies any wrongdoing

Reacting to the issue raised by CDHR, Governor Ademola Adeleke said his administration is committed to the observance of service rules.

The governor, through his spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, stated that it is elementary in law and governance that the constitution is the ground norm which supercedes any state rules or regulations.

He said the constitution empowers the state governor to appoint into top public service office alongside attendant powers.

According to the governor, “Mr Governor on assumption of office launched public service and financial management reform. The reforms are spearheaded by both Mr Ayanleye Aina (Head of Service) and Rasheed Olalere ( Accountant General). The reforms ensure emergence of permanent secretaries, right placement of personnel, promotion and integrity in state financial system The Governor for strategic public interest and within his constitutional powers extended the tenure of offices of both the Head of Service and the State’s Accountant General.

“Governor Adeleke was not the first Governor in Osun state to extend tenure of a serving appointees. In the last 13 years, Governors extended tenures of permanent secretaries, Head of Services, Accountant Generals among others. The precedent exists already.

“We however want to reiterate that the Governor has not extended the tenure of any permanent secretary. The Governor had earlier declared that extension of service is not a policy but an instrument to meet subsisting needs of the state leadership”

“We assure the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) that Mr Governor, as the architect of ongoing public sector reforms, is determined to pursue the reform to produce a truly professional public service. the constitution of the federal republic and governs with eye on public interest that will remains ever committed to ongoing reform of the public service and the sanitisation of the state’s financial management system”

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