By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
About 500 Secondary School teachers who were recruited into the Ekiti State Teaching Service in September, 2018 by the then Ayodele Fayose-led administration on Thursday protested over non payment of their seven months salaries and pleaded with the incumbent Governor,Dr Kayode Fayemi to rescue them from their pathetic situation.
The teachers who converged at Ikere-Ekiti said several efforts to get the attention of the government have not yielded positive result as no concrete step has been taken to either pay or dialogue with them.
Speaking to reporters on behalf of his colleagues,Mr. Bayo Omoyeni said that 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, saying : “these efforts have not yielded any desired result because we have not received any communication from them.”
He said, “I am speaking on behalf of secondary school teachers employed in September 2018. We are here today to protest the non payment of our salaries. And we want the government to immediately react to our demand and such reaction must be done between now and Monday when we are resuming for 3rd term.
“We are using this medium tell Mr. Governor to immediately speak with us. How can the governor set up a panel where none of us were invited to come and defend our case? The news all over the state is that we are politicians, that we are partisans; we want to use this medium to tell him that we are not members of any political party. We are youth of Ekiti state seeking employment and were given employment by the previous administration and it is a trite that government is a continuum.
“We went through interview and letters of employment were given to us and not only that,we were deployed to various schools in the state to work. Up till today, there are has been no correspondents with us by the present government. The government could owe us salaries but we demand that the governor speak with us.
“We can’t resume the third term without knowing what is going to happen to the two terms already spent. 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.
“The information at our disposal is that our counterparts that were employed the same time who are in other vocations have been attended to. They have being doing their biometric screening. We want to see that as discrimination against this crop of teachers. As we speak, nobody has addressed us on the issue of biometric screening that will lead to payment.
“Again,I want to stressed that our direct employer, the teaching service commission has been telling us that don’t know whether we will be employed or not and this is not acceptable to us. Several letters have been written to the Governor, the wife,Deputy Governor, some of the monarchs and we even held solidarity rally for the governor after the general election. We have done rallies to congratulate the governor and jingles to congratulate him. All these are to show that we are loyal citizens of Ekiti.”
While reacting to the demands of the aggrieved teachers, the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Foluso Daramola said that government was concerned about q the plight of this category of teachers, saying that the committee set up to look into the circumstances of their employment has almost concluded their work.
“The government is concerned about their plight in the sense that they are equally Ekiti indigene, ordinarily,if this government does not have human face; such a last minute employment would have been ignored. But the governor says, these people are my 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.
“So their work is at advance stage now and they will advise government on the way forward. The government can’t just inherit them without looking into how they are employed. This government is passionate about every citizens and it has come to restore the values that we lost in the past. That is why the governor is interested in how they are employed before knowing what to do. If the processes leading to their employment were exploited, they should be hopeful.”