An Open letter to H.E, Alh Yahaya Adoza Bello, Executive Governor, Kogi State, on the need to validate recruitments into the State Civil Service Commission conducted by the Wada Administration
On behalf of the newly employed Staff of the Teaching Service Commission, TSC, Kogi State, we wish to convey to you our goodwill as well as heartily congratulate you on your victory at the Supreme Court by which Almighty Allah appointed you as the administrator of happiness to the people of Kogi State.
We are aware of the restructuring being carried out by your responsible administration and we share your passion for excellence and good governance.
Your Excellency, we wish to appeal to you to please consider the happiness of those of us who even voted for you.
More so, it is with a high sense of responsibility that we inform you that our recruitment into the state Teaching Service Commission followed due processes as stipulated by law.
As a matter of fact, in fulfillment of the requirement of Due Process in recruitment of Civil servants, the Teaching Service Commission advertised vacancies in various print media and also electronic (Radio Kogi) which invited Kogites with B.sc/B.ed holders to apply.
As a second step, we were shortlisted for aptitude test, and we were subsequently screened.
Your Excellency, afterwards, successful candidates were invited for aptitude test and screening. This process lasted for weeks, forms were filled by successful candidates, and employment letters were issued.
As a final development and in fulfillment of due process, the new employees were posted to various schools in November 2015. However, we aware of the overnight appointments been given out after the defeat of the Ex-Governor, but this very recruitment exercise was carried out before the governorship election sir.
Our appeal is that you consider revitalizing our appointment so that you can give us the lining we deserve.
Your Excellency, permit me to draw your attention to similar recruitment exercises in RiversState which employed over 3000 teachers; in Ekiti, 2000 teachers were employed; while 500 teachers were employed in Kogi during that period.
We know about inordinate employments but it is with all sense of responsibility that we assure you that as your supporters, the particular recruitment by the TSC passed through relevant due process. Many successful candidates traveled to Lokoja not less than five times to fill one form or the other in order to meet the requirements of due process.
Your Excellency, it may interest you to know that majority of the beneficiaries of the TSC appointments are youth with determination to see upcoming secondarians eventually acquire the sound education your Excellency acquired.
The recent employment carried out by board of Internal Generated Revenue has given more hope to the youths.
We appeal to you not to dash the hope already given to those youths since such beneficiaries have celebrated the opportunities given to them.
We will be very glad if your Excellency constitutes a committee to look into it, by examining the extent to which it conformed to due process because education in Kogi state is nothing to write home about. Some school can not even boast of Mathematics, English, Biology, Economics, Physics, and Chemistry teachers among other very important subjects.
Your Excellency Sir, kindly recall the suspended staff of the TSC, mostly the good one among them as a father to all.
Thank you in anticipation of a recall.
Comrade Adabara Abduljelil El-Okene,
Secretary General, Ebira Youths Peace/Educational Development Initiative,
Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria.