The over 2,000 workers sacked by the Governor Kayode Fayemi government in Ekiti State on Friday staged a protest in Ado-Ekiti, the capital.
However, the Fayemi administration dismissed the workers saying their appointments were hurriedly done and thus illegal.
During the protest, the workers noted that they participated in the recruitment exercise by the government.
They also stormed the state Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) located within the State Secretariat complex, flaunting their original letters of appointment.
”During the Fayose-led government, we were at home when vacancies were advertised,” the spokesman for the protesters, Olawole Ganiyu added.
”Out of nothing. we paid N1,000 to buy forms. We wrote examinations and later sat for an interview. Scores of the examination results were also pasted at the various ministries
“Later, those shortlisted as qualified again sat for separate interview and letters of appointment and posting issued out to successful applicants.
”What was in our letters is that we are to work for three months before getting salaries, but we have not been paid a dime since eight months ago.
“Government should please be compassionate with us. We were born and brought up here in Ekiti as indigenes, most of are long-time graduates in search of gainful employment
”Most of us even, out of the desperation to get pensionable jobs, resigned from private jobs to partake in the recruitment while many others had to relocate to our places of posting without a single kobo of mobilisation since about eight months ago that we were engaged, and has been working very hard to justify our appointments.”