By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
….why Owoeye was dropped.
The State Government of Osun has announced the appointment of Dr Festus Gboyega Oyebade as the Head of Service (HoS).
In a release made available to the public by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, Dr Oyebade takes over from Mr Sunday Olayinka Owoeye, who retired from the service on Monday October 16, 2017.
According to the release, the new civil service helmsman was before his appointment the permanent secretary, local government loans board, office of the governor. His appointment is with immediate effect.
WesternPost gathered that the former Head of service was dropped by the governor because of the fall out he had with the Labour Unions who no longer had confidence in him.
It was gathered that the leadership of the labour unions in the state were mounting pressure on the state government that they would no longer tolerate the payment of half salary to them by the government as they threaten to embark on industrial action.
Another reason while Owoeye was eased out of service, it was learnt was the alleged transfer of a matron and five other civil servants from the state Ministry of Health as a result of sexual advances by the former Head of service which the Matron refused.
The new Head of service, Dr Oyebade, a native of Ibokun, in Obokun Local Government Area, was born in Orile Owu, in Ayedaade Local Government Area of the State on March 24, 1962.
He joined the Civil Service on January 11, 1991 through the Local Government Service Commission of the old Oyo State and was part of the Osun indigenes that returned home as pioneer staff of the newly created state on August 27, 1991.
Dr Oyebade is well read. He graduated with BSc. Education at Obafemi Awolowo University of Ile-Ife with specialisation in Geography.
He later obtained higher degrees of Masters in Educational Management and Peace and Conflict Studies as well as a Doctorate (PhD) in Educational Management, all from the University of Ibadan.
He also bagged LLB and LLM degrees in Law from Obafemi Awolowo University and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2005.
He traversed the State of Osun, working in various capacities in the local governments before his appointment as permanent secretary in 2012.
Dr Oyebade has attended conferences, seminars and training programmes at home and abroad in varying fields which include conflict resolution and leadership, among others.
He is married with children.
The State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, congratulates him on this appointment and wishes him a fruitful and successful service to the government and the good people of Osun.