It was gathered that the Ogun State government has dismissed insinuations in some quarters that the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, dismissed some civil servants due to the ongoing strike in the state.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Mr Adejuwon Soyinka, dismissed the claim in a press release on Tuesday.
He explained that the Ogun State Civil Service Commission, in furtherance of its statutory responsibility of maintaining discipline and adherence to public service rules and extant regulations, on Monday, took the decision to sanction some civil servants but this was not related to the workers’ strike.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we will like to state unequivocally that there is no iota of truth to this speculation.
“The affected civil servants were alleged to have been involved in certain acts of misconduct in the course of the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration on October 5, 2016 before the ongoing strike action commenced,” he said.
The State Civil Service Commission had on Monday issued a statement signed by the Ogun State Head of Service, Sola Adeyemi, in which it explained that it received complaints from concerned members of the public against some public and civil servants allegedly involved in various acts of misconduct in the course of the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration.
“The allegations against the affected civil and public servants, contrary to extant public service rules, they got involved in partisan politics by publicly admitting to receiving money from a politician and also hiring a musician with whom they sang praises of the said politician while chanting political slogans in the course of the World Teachers Day celebration.
“To determine the veracity of such complaints and give the affected civil and public servants the opportunity for fair hearing, the Civil Service Commission said it set up an administrative panel of Inquiry on October 17, 2016.
“The panel’s term of reference include, among others, to investigate the events of October 5, 2016 at the NUT Multipurpose hall, Kuto, Abeokuta with a view to identifying the public and civil servants directly or indirectly involved in partisan political activities; determine the culpability or otherwise of the identified public servants and recommend appropriate disciplinary actions in line with the public service rules and extant regulations.
“Before arriving at its decisions, the panel issued queries and invited the affected civil servants who in turn made written and oral representations.
“After listening to all parties involved including witnesses, as well as reviewing the evidences at its disposal, the panel, in its wisdom, recommended the dismissal of 16 public and civil servants.
“They were all found to have contravened the Public Service Rules 04401, 04402 (c&d) and 04406 (a) due to their involvement in the political rally they held under the guise of World Teachers Day celebration event.
“The panel also recommended the suspension of 19 others while exonerating one other who was said not to have been involved in the alleged partisan act.
“From the foregoing, it is clear that the State Civil Service Commission only acted in fulfillment of its statutory responsibility and this has nothing to do with Governor Amosun or the ongoing strike action embarked upon by a section of the workforce in the state.”