TESCOM attack: Council boss involved finally revealed, body of ex-principals reacts

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TESCOM attack: Council boss involved finally revealed, body of ex-principals react

Yinka ADETUNJI

The last is yet to be heard on the attack on the Oyo State Post Primary School Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Ogbomoso zonal office, at Oja-Tuntun, carried out by members of the Motor Park Managers, during which staff were chased out, and threats sternly issued to the newly appointed Tutor General, a Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olatunde Lanre Sulola, to vacate the office on the grounds that he is not an indigene of Ogbomoso.

The ugly confrontation, which was first reported by ogbomosoinsightonline.com, has elicited lots of reactions with many stakeholders condemning the attack and slamming the perpetrators for their unruly and disgusting behaviour. They are castigated for intruding into an area outside their range of operation.

Equally disturbed by the show of shame, the ANCOPSS Elders’ Forum Ogbomoso, a body of retired principals, ex-TESCOM direcors and Permanent Secretaries, has now weighed in reproving the act in totality.

Not only that the noble body made public, unpretentiously, its findings from an investigation it conducted on the matter.

According to its report contained in a communique, the chairman of Ogo-Oluwa local government, Ajaawa, Mr. Seun Ojo, is alleged of masterminding the despicable act.

ANCOPSS (All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools) Elders Forum, in the communiqué Friday, signed by its chairman, Prince Lere Ajiboye (a retired TESCOM Permanent Secretary and former ANCOPSS president in Oyo state) and secretary, Mr. Sunday Ayinla (an ex-ANCOPSS secretary Oyo state), and made available to ogbomosoinsightonline.com, gave a blow-to-blow account of the attack, and why it was plotted.

It was unambiguously stated that the chairman instigated the invasion to protect one of his aides, a secondary school teacher, Obalade Kadewole, who purportedly went AWOL (Away Without Leave) for the past two years, yet receiving salaries, and who was consequently summoned by the new Tutor General, the summon he however impudently ignored.

It is revealed: “The Motor Park Managers in the convoy of 5 buses and 3 cars invaded TESCOM Office in Ogbomoso at about 8.00am looking fierce searching for the Tutor General.

“They, alleged that: “Omo Ogbomoso la n fe meaning “We want an indigene as a Tutor General. They were fully armed and fierce looking.”

Motivated by the maxim, “There is no smoke without fire,” the association claimed it conducted a thorough investigation on the matter, noting therefore, “We consequently realized that Mr. Seun Ojo, Chairman, Ogo-Oluva Local Government Ajaawa was the arrow-head behind the scene. That his Personal Assistant Mr. Obalade Kadewole, a teacher at Baptist Secondary Grammar School, Ajaawa receives his monthly salary as a teacher without reporting at school or teach the students.”

The findings further indicate that Obalade Kadewole is not alone in the AWOL allegation, another teacher, simply identified as Mr. Oyeniran in Iro Community High School, also in Ogo-Oluwa local government, is similarly guilty. “Mr. Oyeniran of Iro Community High School is also an absentee,” the communique says.

It now points out “that the Tutor General’s visit to the school revealed the secret. He consequently invited Obalade Kadewole to report at the zonal office. Mr. Obalade Kadewole refused to honour the invitation and a threat action was made to the Tutor General on this course.

“That the threat to life, was put in place on Tuesday 5th July, 2022 as master minded by the Chairman Ogo-Oluwa Local Government, Ajaawa and Obalade Kadewole through their agents – Motor Park Managers who malhandled (sic) some TESCOM staff, slapped them, pursued some and attempted to rob them of their phones. They shouted on top of their voice that: The Tutor General Must go” He is going beyond his bounds.”

The body of “Senior Citizens,” which hailed Governor Seyi Makinde’s strides in education especially for elevating and appointing teachers as Tutor Generals (Permanent Secretaries) across TESCOM zonal offices in the state, consequently denounces the act, which it described as repugnantly barbaric.

“We totally condemn the barbaric, crude and uncivil action of the Motor Park Managers and their cohorts and their attempt to mal handle (sic) the Tutor General.”

It has harsh words for the Ogo-Oluwa council boss, Seun Ojo, who it reminded of the noble status of teaching in the society and which it states needs no unsavoury interference from touts.

“We still abhor vehemently the action of Mr. Seun Ojo whom we believe should be contented with the administration of his local government rather than interfering in teaching service affairs. Be it as it may, teaching is a dignified Profession. His action is deliberate insult and a slap not only on the profession but a snag at the government’s policy.”

It’s adds, “We keenly observe with utmost regret and disdain the interference of Motor Park Managers in the educational system which consequently will put our lives in jeopardy. We therefore question the rationale behind the agitation of the Motor Park Managers on issues that do not affect them.”

Furthermore, “Ogo Oluwa Local Government Chairman is a threat to us and it portends a bad omen to the present administration.”

It clarifies that teachers and stakeholders in Ogbomoso are in embracement of the Tutor General, while noting his posting to Ogbomoso has precedence just as it discloses that Ogbomoso indigenes had served in the past as Permanent Secretaries in other zones.

“We do not at any time reject the posting of the Tutor General to Ogbomoso. In the past, Alhaji H.A. Okunade, Late Chief Niyi Adesokan Permanent Secretary and Mr. R. A. Gbadegesin Permanent Secretary who were non-indigenes worked in the zone and we were benefitted by their administration. In the same vein, Chief S. O. Ayangbayi Permanent Secretary, an indigene of Ogbomoso served in various zones in the state without any problem.”

It therefore pledges its support, “We hereby affirm that we are solidly behind the newly posted Tutor General who had impacted meaningfully within a short period. Also, we are in support of government policies on education. We therefore guarantee the safety of the Tutor General and pledge our unalloyed support to him and the office,” while urging the Seyi Makinde-led administration to “look into this issue and rescue us from the menace of these miscreants.”

Meanwhile, Ojo, chairman of Ogo-Oluwa local government, could not be reached for his reactions as he neither picks calls made to his mobile phone nor answers SMS messages sent to him even though there was indication the message delivered.

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