Workers whose appointments were terminated by the Ekiti state government on Wednesday have staged a peaceful protest to appeal to Governor Kayode Fayemi to rescind the decision.
The affected officers were 568 primary and secondary school teachers employed by Governor Ayodele Fayose among the 2,000 employed after the July 14, 2018 elections.
Addressing journalists, the spokesman of the sacked workers, who stormed the Teaching Service Commission at about 8.30am, Mr. Olawole Ganiyu, said contrary to claims by the state government their appointments were in line with the civil service rule.
He said: “During the Fayose-led government, we were at home when vacancies were advertised. We paid N1000 to buy forms. We wrote examinations and sat for interview.
“Later, qualified people sat for interview and letters of appointments and posting were given to successful people. What was in our letters was that, we are to work for three months before getting salaries, but we have not been paid a dime since eight months ago.
“Government must be passionate. We were born and brought up here in Ekiti. Most of us have relocated to our schools and worked hard. Some of us even resigned from our previous places of work to take up these appointments.”
The Chairmen, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ekiti Chapter, Com Joshua Kolapo and his counterpart in Trade Union Congress (TUC), Com Sola Adigun, begged the government to rescind the decision and reabsorb the workers.
However, a release by Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Yinka Oyebode, on Friday, said: “You cannot sack people duly employed in the first place. The recruitment was obviously mischievous because it neither followed due process nor was ever completed.
“The affected persons were not duly captured in the Civil Service Structure. Apart from a letter of “employment, they do not exist in the State Civil Service Nominal Roll.