Compulsory leave order not meant to sack workers —Aregbesola

Osun State government  has debunked rumours making the rounds that it has concluded plans to retrench workers in the state through the compulsory leave order it gave recently.

The State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola debunked the rumours while addressing people during the official commissioning of a new secretariat complex of Iwo East Local Council Development Area, LCDA, built and donated for use by a prominent indigene of the new LCDA, Chief Abiola Ogundokun.

Aregbesola, who described workers in the state as the life-wire of socio-economic development, said on no account has his administration contemplated reducing the workforce.

He said the move was not meant to either hurt or dehumanize any worker but rather to strengthen the laid down civil service rules in a bid to enhance greater productivity and effectiveness.

Aregbesola reaffirmed that in spite of the effects of the current economic recession, the state under his watch would not for any reason depopulate workforce in the state.

According to him, the decision was reached having been informed of the accumulated leave of some of the top officials in the state civil service.

He said the state has been working round the clock to fix the economy through diversification so as to further ensure stability in governance.