Sunday, November 9, 2014 9:50 pm
The sacked Permanent Secretary in the Edo State Hospitals’ Management Board, Dr Ofure Eboreime and the Chief Medical Director of the Central Hospital, Benin City, Dr Edith Kayode-Iyasere, may soon be recalled to their jobs.
Governor Adams Eric Oshiomhole gave the indication after the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Uyi Igbe pleaded for their recall.
The duo were relieved of their appointment, last week, by Governor Adams Oshiomhole for their role in owing for six months the casual workers employed in the Central Hospital.
Igbe who led the Majority Leader of the Assembly, Philip Shaibu, Elizabeth Ativie and Folly Ogedengbe to the Governor’s office to plead for the sacked doctors begged the Governor to temper justice with mercy.
“We are here to appeal to you sir to on compassionate grounds to temper justice with mercy and recall these two persons, Dr. O. Eboreime and Dr. Mrs. Edith Iyasere. We know that normally, you will not compromise on standards. We appreciate that because that is the reason Edo State has moved to the position it is today.
” I am sure, every now and then, people make mistakes and I am sure this is one of the mistakes that people make and I ask on their behalf that you please forgive them”.
Folly Ogedegbe, representing Owan East also appealed to the Governor.
“Even then as NLC President, we know your stand on casualisation, you fought against casualisation of workers and I can imagine how embarrassed you were when you got to know that there were casual workers in the state service where you have long given directives that it should not be.
Governor Oshiomhole explained the reasons for his decision to sack the two top bureaucrats.
“Someone drew my attention to the fact that casual workers were protesting over non-payment of their salaries and that they have not been paid for several months. This was shocking to me because, difficult as our finances are and in spite of the fact that many other state governments are in default in the payment of salaries, some three months, some four months, I insisted that in Edo State, the pay day is sacrosanct. Workers are entitled as a right to their wages.
“So to hear that some workers are protesting for not being paid for up to six month is shocking.”
Oshiomhole said he was concerned that despite series of directives to management of the Hospital Management Board to normalize all casuals, they still maintained the services of casual workers.
He however assured the leadership of Edo State House of Assembly that he will not fail to heed their plea and urged them to bring the affected persons to his office on Monday, the 10th of November, 2014 to explain the rationale behind their actions and properly apologize to the people of Edo State after which they may be recalled.