They put in everything to realize their dream of securing employment with the Oyo State Post Primary School Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) after years of going without jobs, they burned the midnight candles to excel in the exams, which had about 100, 000 participants; the conditions were stringent, the process was competitive, in the end, some 5, 000 applicants were successful.
But amid songs of euphoria by the successful candidates, 20 of them had theirs cut short as up till today, they are yet to receive their letters of appointments even though they were among the successful candidates. Others who scaled the hurdles had since received their appointment letters and assumed duty since February last year. These twenty candidates however have been languishing in self-pity, striving to reclaim their rights.
ogbomosoinsightonline.com learnt the candidates had been subjected to stress as they have been running helter-skelter to get their letters issued. They have taken several steps such as meeting the TESCOM chairman Pastor Akin Alamu as well as the Permanent Secretary (TESCOM), Mrs. Grace Oderinde (who has now been redeployed) and even the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde. But all to no avail.
“We sat for the CBT, we were shortlisted, sat for the interviews, and we scaled through. Our names were even in batch A of the list, lists of successful applicants were released in three batches and our names were in the first batch. We don’t know why our letters are missing,” one of the affected successful candidates, who however pleaded anonymity, reluctantly told ogbomosoinsightonline.com.
It was gathered that when the matter got to the hearing of the governor he ordered a company – MIC – to verify the authenticity of their claims.
It was during a function in Ibadan that the victims were able to make known their plight to the governor through display of placards announcing their predicament. Engr. Makinde reportedly read the contents of the placards following which he directed an audit of the whole exercise.
Panels of inquiries were also set up, one led by an aide to the governor simply identified as Pastor Ogedengbe and another by a former deputy governor of Ekiti state, Professor Kolapo Eleka, and the two panels as well as the audit by the MIC, it was said, were able to prove that the candidates were qualified to be given appointment letters. However, these verification exercises have not yielded the desired result.
“The Oyo State House of Assembly was also informed about the plight of the candidates but they had no solution to it and so they continue to languish unjustly,’’ a source at TESCOM informed.
Meanwhile, investigations revealed that some unnamed powerful figures in the establishment are responsible for the dilemma of the victims, as they were alleged of surreptitious replacement of names.
“The matter had generated a lot of furor leading to confrontations among top functionaries in the establishment,” it was further stated.
In the meantime, the applicants are appealing to Governor Seyi Makinde to look into the matter. “We met the criteria for appointment, we passed the exams, scaled the interviews and everything. We know the governor to be a father that is merciful, His Excellency should please intervene to help us reclaim our right,” another applicant told ogbomosoinsightonline.com.
Efforts to speak with the chairman of TESCOM, Pastor Alamu, as at the time of filing this report was however not successful.