Following various reports of delayed employment letters on the social media by applicants for the teaching jobs conducted by the Oyo State Teaching Service Commission, TESCOM, the Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party in Oyo State, Engineer Akeem Olatunji has alleged that the All Progressives Congress is behind the plot to mobilize successful applicants to protest the delay of their employment letters contrary to the promise made by the board.
In an interview with newsmen earlier today, the PDP Spokesman who admitted that the Chairman of TESCOM, Pastor Akinade Alamu has the authority to speak on the subject matter, however, pointed accusing fingers at the main opposition party in the State as the brain behind the plot.
He said, “I am a party person, I speak on behalf of the party and not the government so actually, the TESCOM Chairman, Pastor Akin Alamu should be the one to respond to that but from my layman view because if I don’t say anything, some people may tag it something else but under normal something, it is not my responsibility but for the fact that Governor Seyi Makinde runs an open-door policy, he is very very transparent, that is why we can get credible information. So, he has nothing to hide likewise the Chairman of TESCOM, Pastor Akin Alamu, he has nothing to hide.
“This is not an ad-hoc job, it is permanent employment so, if somebody has been unemployed maybe for fourteen years and he is now asked to wait for a month or two, I don’t think that is a big deal. There are processes. It is when you are given a letter of appointment that you are engaged. That they shortlisted you does not mean that you have been employed”.
“Let me tell you something, they have not been employed so if anyone embarks on such a protest, he should just consider himself out. If anybody engages in such, it shows that the person is not even fit to be employed. I can say it anywhere, such a person is not fit”.
“Patience is a virtue. It is a provisional something but someone to say he now wants to protest because of that anybody that participate in such is not fit to be considered. Patience matters because you don’t know what is going on and the delay is to the benefit of those to be employed. It is for their benefit. Renovation is going on. In fact, very soon, about twenty-six thousand pieces of furniture will be delivered in schools. This is a government that immediately it engage you or employ you, it makes sure that you don’t suffer anything, you don’t lack anything. Your salaries will be paid as at when due likewise your entitlement. You will be treated the way normal human beings supposed to be treated. The way Governor Seyi Makinde is treating the workers is the way he believes others will treat him if he falls in that situation so when you are now having that kind of a person, you need to encourage him. You don’t need to be harassing him. I believe no reasonable successful Applicant will ever do that but you know all these APC, they are trying to politicize”.
When asked why he is pointing accusing fingers at APC, he said “I am saying it for everybody to hear. When someone said he is engaging you not that he has engaged you, you need to understand that he is having some things to sort out and immediately those things are sorted out, what next? We don’t want to employ people that will not be reasonable as well. We all have to be reasonable. Governance involves everybody. The Civil Servants, they play a pivotal role and that is why I must commend the Civil Servants of Oyo State for their support for this administration because they have been very reasonable so, whoever that is coming in must copy the existing civil servants in Oyo State”.
When asked of how soon the successful applicants will be given the employment letters, he declined to comment saying only the TESCOM Chairman can answer the question. He however assured those who have been shortlisted of their job security adding that they should count themselves lucky.
“Governor Seyi Makinde is a man of his words. Those people that have been shortlisted should consider themselves employed in principle. They suppose to appreciate because a government was there when they were in the labour market not getting anything to do.”