Recruitment into Oyo civil service: You don’t need a godfather – Makinde

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Assures applicants

As he further demonstrates commitment to LAUTECH TH

ENOCH Oyedibu

Oyo state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has assured that the ongoing recruitment exercises in the state would be based on merit while dismissing reliance on godfathers to scale the hurdle of recruitment.


Engineer Makinde gave this assurance this week during a visit to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, against the backdrop of wide scale recruitment exercises in the state, in the education sector, healthcare sector, environmental health and the civil service.


In his speech, Engr. Makinde stated inter alia, “The ongoing recruitment exercise of medical staff in the state is open and credible. You don’t need to have a godfather for you to be employed in the Oyo state civil service, so, if you have people that are qualified you should let them apply for it.”


It would be recalled that over 91,000 applicants are currently writing the CBT in the state towards recruitment into the teaching service of which only 7,000 will be employed aside 2,000 non-teaching staff.


This is just as the governor promised various financial inducements for the Hospital and for the staffs, a development that has ignited holler of joy across board.


Among others, the governor approved increased subvention to cover payment of minimum wage, payment of 2016 and 2017 salary arrears as well as payment of the salaries of 177 members of staff who were recalled, payment of 2014 corrected CONMESS and payment of covid-19 hazard allowances. All these he said would be implemented by the end of this month.


Also, Makinde made known his intention over the 42 disengaged workers in the hospital assuring they would be re-absorbed after they had undergone screening.


“They will be screened by next Monday and as soon as they are screened successfully those 46 disengaged workers will be reinstated.”


He similarly promised the implementation of residency training and placement of doctors who have completed their residency training from 2021.


Expressing his concern over healthcare delivery, Makinde harped, “Adequate healthcare system for the state is one of the major pillars of this administration.


“In the budget we actually increased the amount allocated to the healthcare sector so that we can solve some of the problems and cover a lot of grounds. Some of these challenges were inherited from past governments but because we believe government is a continuum, we will do what we are supposed to do.


“As an administration, we’ve decided to take the ownership of all the problems that we inherited and we want to solve them. That’s why when you see them abusing me that Seyi Makinde is completing projects started by other people I am not bothered; well what we are trying to do is to add value to Oyo state in whatever manner we can.


“We will continue as an administration to complete all the laudable projects irrespective of who started them.”


The Oyo state helmsman in the same vein spoke on the hazardous effects of covid-19 pandemic, averring that that though it is unpleasant, “Covid-19 isn’t giving any sign of stopping tomorrow, not even next week or next month; this is why we must learn how to adapt and move on with our businesses.


“We must learn how to cope with it and go about our businesses in a manner that doesn’t increase the risk; in a manner that will let our people have the right attitude towards the risk perception of the virus but our lives cannot stop because of the virus, because with your delegation, your support we’ll fight the virus together.”


Staff members who spoke with The Insight meanwhile described the visit as unprecedented while heaping praises on the governor and for the various forms of largesse he announced for the centre of learning.

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