There is palpable tension at the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, (OSBC) Ile-Awiye, Osogbo, as five Directors were recently demoted to Deputy Directors cadre, base on alleged directive from Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
Newsmen reliably gathered that the affected directors were summoned to an emergency board meeting and informed of their demotion without offence, claiming “executive fiat” from the office of the Governor.
Findings revealed that the Chairman, Interim Management Committee of OSBC, Mr Kola Akanji and his management team on April 10, 2018, invited all Directors and Deputy Directors to a meeting, where it was told that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola had instructed the Chairman, and the Director General , Mr Wale Idowu , to collapse the eleven Directorates of OSBC to five in order to reduce cost.
Those affected were Pastor Kehinde Okunlade, who had served as a Director for five years from November 2012 to 2017 in several capacities and departments, Barr (Mrs) Abimbola Babatunde, Mrs Grace Akinwale and Mr Lukman Adediran.
In all, five Directors and few Deputy Directors were affected in the demotion exercise.
A reliable source at the station told our reporter that two other Directors , Mrs Bose Bamigboye and Sola Ajiboye were later demoted without reason.
“Without mincing words, a powerful cabal has been established in OSBC under the watch of Mr Kola Akanji.
“It would interest you to know 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 are known to be a concentration camp of dissenting voices in the system, making OSBC management a government in a government.
“This assertion could be corroborated by the status of the Director General, OSBC, Mr Wale Idowu, who retired from the public service in December 2017 after attaining the mandatory age of 60 years but his tenure was extended by the Governor, on the basis of blood relationship, thereby denying the next officer to him the opportunity to attain his/her career progression,” the source said.
The Chairman of OSBC board, Mr Kola Akanji, when contacted 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, adding that the affected officers are still on their former salary scale.
“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.