DEMOTION! Fear Grips Staff Of Osun State Owned Station, OSBC
Fear has gripped workers in the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, (OSBC) Ile-Awiye, Osogbofo.
This follows the demotion of five Directors of the corporation following an order from Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The directors were demoted to the Deputy Directors cadre.
Bounce News investigation revealed that the affected personnel committed no offence as there were no allegations leveled against them.
Affected by this strange demotion are: Kehinde Olunlade, who had served as a Director for five years from November 2012 to 2017 in several capacities and departments, Abimbola Babatunde, Grace Akinwale and Lukman Adediran.
It was gathered that the affected directors were summoned to an emergency board meeting last week and informed of the development.
The information was described as an “executive fiat” from the office of the Governor.
During the meeting chaired by the Chairman, Interim Management Committee of OSBC, Kola Akanji and attended by other management team, the directors were told that the governor had instructed the Chairman, and the Director General, Wale Idowu to collapse the eleven Directorates of OSBC to five in order to reduce cost.
Sources in the corporation, however, told our correspondent that there is more to the demotion exercise than what is being said.
A staff of the corporation, who prefers to speak on condition of anonymity said a powerful cabal has been established in OSBC under the watch of Akanji.
He noted that any staff that crosses the path of the cabal will definitely end up at either Reality Radio Television Station, Iwo or New Dawn Television, Ibokun, depending on the magnitude of the offence.
Both Iwo and Ibokun Stations according to him are known to be a concentration camps for dissenting voices.
When contacted, Akanji debunked the allegation of illegal demotion, arguing that the cadre system in the establishment was regulated for administrative convenience.
He explained that the management considered the need to collapse some directorates to ensure administrative efficiency.
“Nobody was downgraded, nobody was demoted, we agreed at a Stakeholders Forum to collapse some directorates for administrative convenience.
“According to civil service rule, you should at least be in either level 16 or 17 before you can become a director, in this case, there were level 13 and 14 who held sway as “acting directors, ” and we believe there is need to regularise it and have only “substantive directors, ” Akanji said.