Strong indications have emerged over plans by the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to sack the civil servants if elected as a governor in the 2023 polls.
Fidel Info reports that In May 2021, Kwara State Government recruited 4,701 including 50 first class graduates for teaching jobs in both TESCOM and UBEC categories.
The exercise overseen by independent groups, experts, and NUT was adjudged thorough, the fairest and most transparent recruitment process in the state.
The development followed the layoff of 2,414 teachers in the employ of SUBEB over allegations bordering on incompetence, faulty recruitment process, and nepotism into service in December 2020.
The workers were engaged by the administration of ex-governor Abdulfatah Ahmed a few months before the end of his tenure.
Eventually dubbed the ‘sunset’ workers, findings revealed many of them were primarily engaged to settle the party members of the outgoing government in the state.
During the new exercise, some ‘sunset’ workers who had reapplied were caught and arrested by the police for examination malpractices, trying to game the system.
Along with the renovation of schools, prompt payment of teachers’ salaries, and introduction of KwaraLEARN, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has been praised at various times by stakeholders for the bold steps in revitalising the education sector in the state.
This may be reversed.
As directed, some of the sunset workers registered for, participated in the new recruitment, and were reappointed in May 2021.
Six months after, Kwara was announced the winner of the presidential debate competition defeating Kaduna, Kano, and Lagos state.
However, some of the sunset workers still stuck to the streets for months protesting their disengagementemnt from service.
It was gathered that some of them didn’t reapply due to a lack of required certificates, incompetence, and, or, couldn’t make it out of the recruitment process.
As weeks turned to months, they became a pressure group of blackmail against the government on radio and social media.
Stakeholders have severally expressed concerns that there public conducts were political and indecent for people seeking to raise children with sound values and morals in society.
Although quite early, these concerns might have come to pass.
The gubernatorial candidate of the PDP, Shuaibu Yaman Abdullah has thrown his weight behind the conduct of the sunset workers, promising to reinstate them once elected.
Speaking for the guber candidate over the weekend, Abdullah Kayode GreatKay, a member of the PDP reconciliation committee, disclosed that reinstatement of sunset workers was a priority to the party.
‘Education in peril’
Incidentally, people are concerned that Yaman’s decision panders to the base sentiments of politics, instead of prioritising education — the bedrock of sustainable social development.
“I thought Yaman would prioritise education. But with that statement, he is shown he is more interested in politics. So, he will reinstate people who were not competent to teach just because they were employed by Maigidia, one of his bosses now, two years after their sack. So, the feelings of 2,400 teachers, or ego of Abdulfatah Ahmed, come first over the future of Kwara children? Disappointing,” Hajia Rukayat Ahmed, a lecturer based in Ilorin, said.
“I don’t see any sense in reinstating the sunset workers who either didn’t reapply or failed the new exercise. We all saw the error-riddled placards they carried during their protests and the voice notes from their Whatsapp groups. Haba. Most of these people were not competent. How and why will a sane person employ them to teach our children? This is not a good idea,” Mrs Kehinde Iyabo, trader, lamented.
“I have read that article/statement all over again. I think what Yaman might be saying is that he will also sack the newly recruited, qualified teacher by this administration if Bukola or Ahmed asks him to sack them. Can govt afford salaries of 2000 teachers plus 4,701 at a go without affecting infrastructural projects? Will they be taken as workers or teachers? Will he conduct new exams for them to ascertain competence? Has he done needs assessment? Or he just wants to “reinstate” them for political purposes? Teaching jobs should be not like that. I fear that this man will put education in peril,” a don at the University of Ilorin who craved anonymity remarked.
In Osun, Governor Ademola Adeleke of PDP sacked 12,000 workers, reversed the appointment of 3 monarchs, and set aside the logo, anthem etc in his first day in office– a decision many described as ”draconian, vengeful, and narrow-minded.”
Kwara Govt Appoints Acting Provost For College Of Education, Ilorin
Following due consultations with the Governing Council of the College of Education Ilorin, the Kwara State Government has approved the appointment of Dr Jawondo Ayinde Sheu as the Acting Provost of the College of Education, Ilorin with effect from Monday 23rd January 2023.
Fidel Info reports that the appointment was announced following the termination of appointment of the former Acting Provost Dr Jimoh Ahmed Ayinla with immediate effect.
Dr Jawondo Ayinde Sheu until his appointment was the Dean School of languages, College of Education Ilorin.
The Governing Council, entire Management, Staff and students of the College have been enjoined to give adequate support and cooperation to the newly appointed Acting Provost of the College.
“We Never Blamed Kwara Govt For Transportation Challenges”- UNILORIN
The University of Ilorin, Ilorin, has distanced itself from a report by a blog, Fact News NG, claiming that the school authorities blamed the Kwara State Government for transportation challenges faced by its students.
Fidel Info reports that in a statement by Kunle Akogun, Director, Corporate Affairs, UNILORIN said the claims in the report are the wild imagination of the author of the concocted story.
“The report, which is purportedly based on the press statement we issued on Monday, 10th January, 2023, is a mischievous misrepresentation of the letters and intent of that press statement,” the University said.
Findings by our medium show that students of the institution do not just start facing transportation challenges. The transport glitch predates the construction of the Tunde Idiagbon Flyover in Tanke.
“The content of our original press statement is very clear and there is nowhere in it that the state government is blamed for the transportation glitch on University Road. That insinuation is in the wild imagination of the author of the factnewsng.com’s concocted story,” the University spokesperson added.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the University of Ilorin, as a reputable academic institution, has nothing to do with the politics of Kwara State and nobody should hide under our genuine concern for the welfare and wellbeing of our students to pursue personal agenda.”
UNILORIN Seeks Kwara State Govt Intervention On Transportation Disaster
Management of the University of Ilorin, UNILORIN is seeking the intervention of the Kwara State Government over the persistent transportation problems that has plagued the federal Institution for years.
Fidel Info reports that the University is considering revisiting the idea of virtual lectures to help assuage the situation.
The Director of Corporate Affairs, University of Ilorin, Kunle Akogun disclosed this in a statement.
The statement read, “Management of the University of Ilorin is deeply concerned about the enormity of the transportation challenges currently being faced by our students.
“We want to assure all that measures are being put in place to ease this difficulty in the shortest possible time.
“The Management is currently engaging with the Kwara State Government on the need to conclude the Flyover construction on the Tipper Garage axis of the University Road timely and the provision of more strategic interventions to ease the burden of our students.
The management is also considering the possibility of reviving the virtual lecture option, especially for large classes, to reduce the necessity of having large number of students on the road at peak periods.
“Arrangements had already been concluded to bring in big buses for massive movement of students but they could not be deployed yet due to the Flyover construction on the University Road.
“The management, however, appeals to our better by far students to exercise patience while concerted efforts are being made to resolve the unfortunate transportation challenges.
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