Ekiti state teachers on Thursday protested non-payment of salaries for seven months. About 500 teachers who were recruited in September 2018 by Governor Ayodele Fayose appealed to the current Governor, Kayode Fayemi to bring an end to their plight.
Speaking at the Ikere Ekiti where they gathered for the protest, they stated that their efforts to get to the government has been unsuccessful. They alleged that no concrete step has been taken to either pay them or dialogue with them.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Mr. Bayo Omoyeni said, “letters were written to the Governor, the wife, the Deputy Governor and some traditional rulers, urging them to intervene and end the untold hardship being experienced by the teachers.”
He further debunked allegations that the affected teachers were politicians saying, “We are youths of Ekiti State seeking employment and were given employment by the previous administration and it is trite that government is a continuum.
“We went through interview and letters of employment were given to us. Not only that, we were deployed to various schools in the state to work. Up till today, there has been no correspondence with us by the present government. The governor should save us from psychological trauma by meeting with our representatives. Our people are having problems with their landlords in their areas of postings,”
Reacting to this, the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Foluso Daramola said the government is concerned and is looking into it.
“But the governor said these people are his people. So everything must be done on its own merit. That is why they set up a high powered committee headed by the Deputy Governor,” Daramola said.