Newly hired healthcare workers at the University of Osun Teaching Hospital, UTH, found themselves unemployed shortly after their recruitment was officially approved. According to reports, the termination of their appointments was reportedly authorized by Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, as evidenced in a document signed by Dr. Owolade O. A, the Director of Administration.
The Teaching Hospital conveyed the message to the recently recruited staff, informing them that their employment had been revoked in compliance with directives from the Osun State Government.
The message read, "NOTIFICATION: SUSPENSION OF STAFF RECRUITMENT. This is to inform the newly recruited staff for the outreach centers that the previous recruitment exercise has been nullified in accordance with the Osun State Government's directives.
This notification supersedes the earlier memorandum released. Thank you."
It was discovered that the newly appointed employees were meant to provide healthcare services at the Teaching Hospital's outreach centers.
The initial recruitment had generated considerable anticipation and hope for many job seekers in the state.
However, the abrupt dismissal of the newly recruited staff left them in shock, with the reasons behind the governor's decision shrouded in speculation.
One affected staff member, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed, "We started working in early October 2023, but before we received our salary for the month, we were asked to go home on October 19, 2023.
The excuse given was that the appointment exceeded the required number of employees. We are still hopeful they will call us back.
The information we heard was that they recruited more than they needed."
UTH Chief Medical Director, Prof Olaitan Peter, confirmed the report, stating, "Yes, it is true."