refund of money paid by successful candidates in the recruitment
exercise conducted by the State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM)
for the purchase of the Teaching Service Manual, Service Record and
Job Cards among others.
The Chairman of TESCOM, Hon. Babatunde Abegunde who made this known in
Ado Ekiti, said that the directive was borne out of the commitment of
the Governor to the welfare of the people in the State.
Hon. Abegunde said that contrary to insinuation by an online
publication, the State Government was very fair and sincere in the
recruitment exercise, adding that unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic
and the attendant economic downturn as well as the ENDSARS protest
stalled the process.
Abegunde recalled that the commission commenced the process by
mid-2020 adding that the target could not be met because of the
lockdown and other effects of the global pandemic and the ENDSARS
He explained that TESCOM projected the recruitment exercise which
consists of both written examination and interviews in phases for
administrative and economic convenience.
According to him, the process of appointing the first batch of 400
teachers started in October 2019 and was concluded in November, 2020
adding that the process for recruiting the second batch of 100
teachers commenced immediately after the first set of appointees were
posted to school with the invitation of shortlisted candidates for
Abegunde explained further that the material such as Teaching Service
Manual, Service Record and Job Cards among others that the successful
candidates purchased during the documentation exercise would be useful
to them until they retire and the materials would remain their
The TESCOM Chairman said that letters of appointment would have been
issued immediately after documentation stressing that it was however
not feasible to do so because of the current economic limitations of
Abegunde stressed that Governor Fayemi would not subscribe to
employing workers that the State would not be able to promptly pay
their salaries adding that the process was therefore put on hold and
TESCOM directed to refund their monies for the materials purchased.
He however assured that the recruitment process would continue as soon
as the State finances improve to accommodate new entrants into the
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