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Rumbles in UNIOSUN teaching hospital over wrong promotion, upgrading of workers

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An internal crisis is now brewing in the Osun State University Teaching Hospital (UNIOSUNTH), over a purported plan by the state government to promote some workers whose promotions are allegedly contravening the civil service rules.

The development which is now causing ripples among the workers in the hospital has promoted rancour among them as some of them poised for war against the move they vowed would not allow seeing the light of the day.

According to one of them who preferred anonymity, alleged that workers who were wrongly upgraded in 2013, fell within the junior staff positions in the hospital and that, their alleged ‘wrong’ promotion was occasioned by their cordial relationship with some politicians in the state.

However, in a gazette dated January 14, 2016, the purported wrong upgrading was reversed by the state government.

In the gazette, It was recommended that the staff that have been unlawfully upgraded should be reverted to their former grades and follow the state’s civil service rules for advancement/promotion.

“The officers of the hospital who knowingly carried out the exercise should be disciplined. The Office of Human Resources, Establishments and Capacity Development is also charged to assist in correcting this anomaly, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital (now UNIOSUNTH) Management Boards to take action on the discipline of the errant officers of the hospital,” the gazette added.

However, it was gathered that plans are ongoing to approve another ‘wrong promotion’ to the same workers in the hospital but the workers vowed to resist it.

The hinted source argued that the issue of new double promotion for these selected people could not only cause internal wrangling among the staff but will cause additional financial burden to the state government.

The source noted that till today, the 30th half salary of some categories of Osun workers is still left unpaid.

She noted that the promotion will also be a violation of the public service rule which was the basis the 2016 ‘wrong promotion’ was reversed.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the hospital, Mr Ayodele Adeyemo, said he was not aware of the gazette, noting that every step taken by the teaching hospital has government support.

He said, “I just want to tell you that whatever is done here is backed up by government knowledge and presently, there is nothing like promotion exercise.”

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