Non-payment of about seven months salaries have forced some secondary school teachers in Ekiti State to stage a protest.
Numbering about 500, the teachers who were recruited in September 2018 towards the end of former Governor Ayodele Fayose’s administration, pleaded with Governor Kayode Fayemi to end their sorry situation.
Speaking at Ikere Ekiti where they gathered for the protest, the embattled teachers lamented that their efforts to get the attention of the government had not been successful, alleging that “no concrete step has been taken to either pay us or dialogue with us.”
Bayo Omoyeni, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said: “letters were written to the Governor, the wife, the Deputy Governor and some traditional rulers, urging them to intervene and end the untold hardship being experienced by the teachers.”
Debunking allegations that the affected teachers were politicians, Omoyeni said, “We are youths of Ekiti State seeking employment and were given employment by the previous administration and it is trite that government is a continuum.
“We went through interview and letters of employment were given to us. Not only that, we were deployed to various schools in the state to work. Up till today, there has been no correspondence with us by the present government. The governor should save us from psychological trauma by meeting with our representatives. Our people are having problems with their landlords in their areas of postings,” he said.
In his reaction, the Commissioner for Education, Foluso Daramola, said the government was concerned by the plight of this category of teachers, saying that the committee set up to look into the circumstances of their employment had almost concluded their work.
Daramola said, “The government is concerned about their plight in the sense that they are equally Ekiti indigenes. Ordinarily, if this government does not have human face, such last-minute employment would have been ignored.
“But the governor said these people are his people. So everything must be done on its own merit. That is why they set up a high powered committee headed by the Deputy Governor,” the commissioner said.