Has He Learnt from Fayemi’s Loss? Gov Amosun Makes Strategic Decisions Ahead of 2015
Experience they say is the best teacher. Though it may not have happened to him personally, but for it to have happened to a fellow party colleague and very close neighbor are enough lessons.
At the risk of suffering the same fate that befell Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, whom many though described as a performer, but was not close to the people of the grassroots, especially in terms of providing them “stomach infrastructure,” Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has began some strategic move that is aimed at preventing a repeat of the Ekiti Scenario.
The governor whom many has accused of being detached from the people, particularly the civil servants has in the last two weeks initiated some moves aimed at warming his way into the hearts of the state’s workers.
The governor has approved car and housing loans for the state’s civil servant, approved the payment of 13th month salary to them.
The governor also directed that all those employed by the administration of his predecessor Gbenga Daniel, whose appointments were terminated by his administration in 2011, should be reabsorbed, while children of civil servants will be employed into the civil service.
The latest in the strategic move by the governor is an agreement reached with the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.
The governor agreed to the six-point demand of the union with a view to ensuring that three-month-old strike they embarked upon can be called off.
The governor who personally read the resolutions reached with the union, mandated the board of the institution to urgently forward names of staff due for promotion for approval; he agreed to backdate payment of alleged 17 months Consolidated Health Salary Scale (CONHES) and 13 months arrears of Consolidated Tertiary Institution Salary Scale (CONTISS) to February 2011; and he agreed to pay the striking workers six months full salary beginning from July 2014.
“I mean well for our people. I don’t have any life again, everything is for my people. I will rather be a statesman than a good politician. What we are doing today is to boost your morale and assure you that we are on the same page in the development of Ogun and health sector.
“You all agree with me that we have not owed you a dime since we came on board. Though, we did not plan for the payment of arrears based on the agreement you had with the last administration, but in the spirit of oneness, we will pay N50m from July for the next six months out of the backlog,” Amosun said.
The union seems to be exited with the decision of the governor as its Chairman, Comrade (Mrs) Kikelomo Enaholo thanked the governor for being magnanimous in his response, promising that, the union would not renege in giving its best for the government.
Will this renewed strategy work for the governor. We wait to see it unfold.
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