Governor Dapo Abiodun recently ordered immediate employment of resident doctors and other health workers to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu as part of measures to address problem associated with the efficient health delivery system in Ogun State.
This was in addition to setting up Administrative Panel to the only teaching hospital in the State and the report of the panel submitted to the governor on Thursday 5th April, 2019.
In an attempt to address the challenge of unemployment, the State government came up with Job Portal to have the database of unemployed people in the State in order to match them with available opportunities in the public and private sectors.
Governor Abiodun launched the Job Portal on the 15th August, 2019 with the employment of 20 lucky participants into the civil service through the portal at the June 12 cultural centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
On 2nd September, 2019, the governor ordered IMMEDIATE employment of resident doctors and other categories of health workers, and two days later, a memo for internal and external advertisement was issued for that purpose.
Nigeria Meter findings however revealed that the State did not patronise its service by not advertising the vacancies on the much publicised Job Portal – www.jobs.ogunstate.gov.ng.
It is also not clear whether the limitation to the form of advertisement of the vacancies adopted was in line with the instruction of the governor who gave the mandate that “advertisements for vacancies be rolled out appropriately.”
Unlike the promise to job seekers that application for jobs will be free of charge on the portal, the memo issued by the management of OOUTH indicated that applicants are expected to pay N5,000 for the form and N2,500 for “OOUTH Residency Handbook.”
The memo further directed applicants to obtain the form at “Administrative Department” of OOUTH, Sagamu or download it at www.oouth.com.
The Abiodun administration commenced the usage of portal with the employment of 20 people into the State civil service, and no reason(s) has been given by the government to use alternative channel in advertising the job vacancies.
In line with its mission and vision, Nigeria Meter is using the parameters set out by the Governor Abiodun in his manifesto and inaugural speech to assess the performance of his administration.
In the manifesto made public during the 2019 general election, the promises of Governor Abiodun on health sector indicated that the present administration gave the following commitment:
“Reduce the Doctor-Patients ratio and provide state-of-the-art modern equipment and facilities and infrastructures in our State-owned hospitals.”
In addition, Governor Abiodun was more explicit, in his speech after being sworn-in on May 29th 2019, about how to deliver efficient healthcare to the people of Ogun State.
It would be recalled that the governor visited OOUTH in June, expressing worry over the “deficit in infrastructure and staffing’ as well as the general “deplorable condition” of the health facility.
The governor had promised while receiving the report of the 9—man Administrative Panel, to address other recommendations in the report which include: “the state of facilities, third-party agreements, and redemptive measures”
As it is now, it is clear that the government has taken steps to fulfill his promise to revamp the OOUTH for optimal performance.
In the CCC approach of the Nigeria Meter, governor Abiodun has CONCEIVED and COMMENCED the turnaround of the OOUTH and
In a related development, an unsigned statement recently highlighted the government achievements in all sectors including the health issues.
Governor Abiodun also hinted that his administration has ordered the importation of medical equipment for the use of the State Hospital, Ijaye.
The government has also commenced the rehabilitation and provision of modern equipment to the State Hospital, Ilaro.
Part of the documented promise of the governor was to rehabilitate 236 Primary Health Centres in the State.
Though the government claimed to have COMMENCED the rehabilitation of the health centers, Nigeria Meter has no information and evidence to back up this claim.
On the issue of the OOUTH vacancies and Ogun Job Portal, Nigeria Meter sent messages to the Special Adviser to the governor on Information, Mrs Modele Sarafa-Yusuf for clarifications.
Mrs Sarafa-Yusuf directed Nigeria Meter to the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Kunle Somorin.
Mr Somorin and the Special Adviser to the governor on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, Mr Lekan Okudero, are yet to respond to the messages sent to them on the issue.
Earlier clarifications sought by Nigeria Meter from the media managers of the government were not given.
Nigeria Meter will however continue to document and monitor the fulfillment of promises made by public officers in Ogun State with the limited information provided by the government and outcome of its investigations.