Four out of the 1,500 teachers employed by the immediate past administration of Gboyega Oyetola, but sacked by Governor, Ademola Adeleke few days on assumption of office in Osun State have reportedly died from depression.
Penpushing reports that the, the coordinator of an association of the sacked teachers, Wasiu Owoyemi, on Monday announced the death of the four teachers at a press briefing in Osogbo, and attributed the deaths to effects of the nullification of their appointment.
The coordinator speaking on behalf of the sacked teachers, pleaded with the state government to reconsider its decision on their employment, noting that many of them had resigned from their previous jobs when they got a notification that they were employed.
“Your Excellency sir, it will be of great concern to know that the effect of nullifying our appointments as class teachers had already been felt as we have recorded no fewer than 4 deaths among us as a result of depression of nullifying the appointment as class teachers,” he said.
“We have resigned our work engagements with previous employers of labour. Hence, we have no other places to go other than this offer. We pray our hopes will not be dashed as we rely heavily on this job. We do not want to be subjects of ridicule and mockery to our previous employers any longer and colleagues who were not part of the recruitment process or those who ridicule us as jobless graduates,” he pleaded.
“Your Excellency sir, save our soul and have mercy on us. We are your children and siblings. There are great numbers of dependents on us. Nullifying or terminating our appointments at such a time like this is like being thrown into the sea of hopelessness.
“Your Excellency Sir, we can feel your concern or reservation on certain actions taken by the past administration. However, it will be a great honor if our plights and appeals are given favorable considerations’,Owoyemi stated
Penpushing further reports that it is recalled that Governor Adeleke who claimed that the appointment was illegal, argued that his predecessor had laid a booby trap for his government through their recruitment.
The Special Assistant on Community Communications to thE governor, Tunde Busari, while reacting to the ugly development said there is no going back on the sack of the former teachers, arguing that the appointments were smuggled into the state payroll
“Those engaging in demonstrations are APC members smuggled into the state payroll by former Governor Oyetola. By virtue of the Executive Order issued by Mr Governor, those illegally employed remain sacked and are no longer staff of the state government. No amount of demonstration and blackmail can change that reality,” he declared.
“Those APC members are now playing the script. They have failed from the beginning as this administration will not bow to unjustified demands from those who collaborated to deepen Osun financial woes’, he added
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