Brain Drain: Governor abiodun approves special employment for health workers

The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has approved a special employment procedure that allows immediate replacement of any health practitioner that leaves the service with qualified personnel, without government’s ratification.

Penpushing reports that Secretary to Ogun State Government Tokunbo Talabi gave the hint on receipt of the newly elected executive members of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Ogun State Chapter, in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

The Government scribe explained that this move was aimed to address the brain drain in the health sector and uphold the sanctity of human lives, stressing that the Governor has just given a special approval that is peculiar to the health sector.

‘You know before now, every employment in the service has to be sanctioned by the Governor before the process is undertaken; but now I am pleased to inform you that His Excellency has just given a special approval that is peculiar to the health sector, for the health ministry to employ qualified and suitable personnel to fill the vacancies being created by those leaving the service through their internal mechanism, without having to wait for the Governor’s approval’’.

Penpushing further reports that Talabi expressed delight that the huge investment of the administration in the sector was already yielding results despite challenges confronting the sector nationwide, noting that the staff turnover across health facilities in the state had tremendously improved.

The Secretary noted that Governor Abiodun’s passion for a healthy citizenry necessitated reforms in the sector, including the recruitment of 200 health attendants to boost the existing staff in public facilities across the state, while affirming that the administration remained committed to improving the well-being of citizens.

Penpushing also reports that he charged the health workers to remain committed to saving lives, as government continues to prioritise concerns in the sector, pledging that government will not deprive what is known to be right and legitimate, and will interface to make the system better

The Ogun State Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Comrade Adejoke Bello, speaking earlier appreciated government for improving the welfare of health workers, as well as its interventions in the sector.

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