The Kogi State Government has announced the suspension and ordered refunds of payment from applicants for teaching job aptitude test.
The state government latest decision is coming in after a-week it ordered the teaching job seekers to pay three thousand and four hundred naira (N3,400) to an account at the Kogi State Savings and Loan Bank in Lokoja.
The state commissioner of Information, Yabagi Bologi confirmed the government new decision to newsmen on Wednesday at the government house in Lokoja.
According to the state executive spokesperson, “the government has agreed to suspend action on applicants’ payment and ordered the refunding of fees to those who have already paid.”
Seeking reasons why the government agreed to overturn it earlier decision to accept fees, Mr Bologi tactfully giggled it off, insisting the government only reconsidered its position on the situation.
“Well it’s the government decision to ask and now suspends receiving payment from the job applicants,” says the immediate past Chairman to Lokoja Local Government Area.
We gathered that the latest government decision is based on the widespread agitation and increasing calls from right groups, among others over the alleged exploitation on the applicants.
Since declaration of plan to conduct an aptitude test by the federally owned National Examination Council (NECO) and payment of fees three-week ago, the office of the Chairman, Teaching Service Commission and Technical Adviser to the Kogi State government on Education, Mr Slyester Onoja has continued to generate bad blood and abuse from the interest groups and applicants on the Governor Idris Wada led government.