The Oyo State government has distributed appointment letters to 150 newly recruited teachers who are living with one form of disability or the other.
The presentation of the appointment letter took place on Monday at the Oyo State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) complex, secretariat, Ibadan.
The Chairman of TESCOM, Alamu Akinade who supervised the presentation of the appointment letters, said it was the climax of the recruitment of 7,000 employees comprising teaching and non-teaching staff as approved by Governor Seyi Makinde.
Mr Akinade said the commission decided to issue the letter publicly to the successful applicants to enable it clear the air over complaints and misgivings that some able-bodied applicants “are among the 150 successful disabled.”
The TESCOM boss further disclosed that the recruitment process for 50 disabled persons for the non-teaching positions would soon be completed.
On his part, Idowu Ogedengbe, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Administration, said the recruitment process was based on merit.
Mr Ogedengbe said though the disabled applicants were exempted from computer-based test “but we interviewed all of them’’.
Ayodele Adekanbi, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Persons Living With Disabilities, said efforts were underway to ensure those employed are equipped with necessary teaching aids and conducive environment to discharge their functions.
The newly recruited special teachers expressed joy over the appointment and pledged to be dedicated to duty and carry out the teaching job optimally