Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has explained that the compulsory annual leave he ordered for all the directors in the state’s public service was not meant to retrench them.
Semiu Okanlawon, his media aide, in a statement said the directive was necessary in view of the constitutional right of every worker to benefit from leave annually as enshrined in civil service rules.
Aregbesola said the compulsory annual leave was not meant to hurt or dehumanise any worker but to strengthen the laid down civil service rules in the bid to enhance greater productivity and effectiveness.
The decision, he said, was reached after he had been informed of the accumulated leave of some top officials in the civil service.
“It is disheartening that some people have become perpetual rumour peddlers,” he noted.
“They never live by the truth but rather derive pleasure from spreading propaganda and falsehood.
“Our administration has never intended to sack any worker. We never aimed to retrench or reduce workforce. This is what we built and we can never collapse it.
“Our directive on compulsory leave was in line with the operational framework that established civil service.
“We only enforced it because we felt that those affected were due for leave.
“As we all know, leave is a work-relief benefit for workers and it is expected of every worker that is due for it to do so.
“In view of this, our government’s action was aimed at ensuring that those workers benefit from their accumulated leave from 2014 till date.
“We are not sacking any worker under pretence as being rumoured but rather enforcing the conventional rules and civil service principles,’’ he said