Brain Drain: Abiodun Approves Special Employment for Health Workers

In an attempt to address the brain drain in the health sector and to maintain the sanctity of human lives, the Governor of Ogun State has approved a special employment procedure that allows immediate replacement of health practitioner that leaves the service with qualified personnel without necessarily waiting for the Governor’s ratification.

The Secretary to Ogun State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi gave this hint when he received the newly elected executive members of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Ogun State Chapter, in his office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta saying “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.

Talabi expressed delight that the huge investment of the administration in the sector was already yield successes in the face of challenges confronting the sector nation-wide nothing that the staff turnover across the facilities in the state has improved tremendously.

The SSG noted the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun’s passion for a healthy citizenry has neccesitated the reforms in the sector including the recruitment of 200 health attendants to boost the existing staff in public facilities across the state while assisting that the administration remains committed to improving the wellbeing of the citizens.

He charged the health workers to remain committed to saving lives as you know that role in keeping human lives is critical, pledging that government will continue to give priority to concerns in the sector as “we will not deprive you of what we knew is right and legitimate. we have to interface to make the system better.”

Speaking earlier, the Ogun State Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Comrade Nurse Adejoke Bello appreciated the government for the improved welfare of health workers as well as the interventions by government in the sector.

Bello said it gives me great pleasure to interface with you today with my colleagues as new executives of our association.

“I commend you for all the attention and cooperation we have received from you and the government and we look forward to better relationships, the Chairman said.