…as Sanwo-Olu orders sack
The Managing Director of the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA), Adedamo Docemo is going through tough times as the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, threatened to show him the way out of his cabinet over his unilateral decision to employ 92 workers without his consent.
Docemo according to a reliable source, has been ordered by the governor to sack the 92 workers without further delay.
In carrying out the governor’s order, Docemo, on Monday issued them letters suspending their employment with the agency indefinitely.
As gathered, the appointment of the 92 workers without Sanwo-Olu’s approval, has put a serious heavy toll on the payroll of the agency at a time the state is battling with dwindling revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The source revealed that Sanwo-Olu also threatened to remove Docemo because his incompetence, maladministration, and lack of managerial skill have become an unbearable embarrassment to him and his government.
It was gathered that the governor had early last week suspended him but for some powerful party chieftains who begged the governor to rescind his decision by pardoning him.
“It is disheartening to note that in last one year, under this debilitating economic condition caused by an outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and the brutal effect of EndSARS protest, an head of a government agency, could still thoughtlessly engage in illegal hiring of an irrational additional new 92 staff. This has shocked the governor because the wage bill of the agency has skyrocketed to the extent that the sustenance of the agency has become an embarrassment to the government. This is why governor Sanwo-Olu ordered the immediate disengagement of the 92 new staff that Docemo illegally employed,” the source said.
Following the sack of the 92 workers, some of them whose sack letters were prepared and handed over to on Monday, are threatening to take the agency to court, claiming that their employees cannot be indefinitely suspended without justifiable reasons by Docemo since they were duly employed by the agency.
Some sources within the agency said the MD, barely a year in the agency, had been taking such decisions without getting the governor’s approval.