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Group accuses Adeleke, legislative arm of conspiracy

By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo

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 Following the extension of service years of the Head of Service, Mr Samuel Ayanleye Aina and Accountant-General, Mr Rasheed Olalere Alabi, in Osun State, a human rights organisation, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), has accused  both the executive and legislative arms of government in the state of conspiracy to collapse the public service.

The State Chairman of the group, Comrade Emmanuel Olowu, while addressing a press conference at NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel in Osogbo, the state capital, alleged that both arms of government conspired in the bid to continue looting the state treasury.

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

He said that 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 apologise 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 the Head of Service.

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 of 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.

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“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 March 4, 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.”

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