About 2,000 workers recruited by the former governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose into the public service have on Friday, taken to the streets in a peaceful protest in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, over the recent cancellation of their appointment.
The workers, alongside some of their dependents in their protest claim they were innocent of the alleged irregularities in their recruitment exercise seven month ago.
They also stormed the state Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) located within the State Secretariat complex, flaunting their original letters of appointment.
While registering their displeasure, the Spokesman for the protesters, Olawole Ganiyu said that their appointments were in line with the civil service rule. He said that the state government was wrong to have announced that they were employed illegally.
“During the Fayose-led government, we were at home when vacancies were advertised
“Out of nothing. we paid N1,000 to buy forms. We wrote examinations and later sat for 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,” Ganiyu said.