Four of the 1,500 teachers sacked by the Osun State governor, Ademola AdelekeThey are said to have died of depression at the end of last year.
The teachers were recruited in the last months of the administration of the immediate past governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola.
However, upon assumption of office, Mr. Adeleke announced the dismissal of the teachers on the ground that their work process was illegal.
He said his predecessor had set a trap for his government through their recruitment.
On Monday, Wasiu Owoyemi, the coordinator of an association of sacked teachers, announced the death of the four teachers at a press conference in Osogbo.
He attributed the deaths to the effects of the cancellation of their appointment.
Mr. Owoyemi, who spoke on behalf of the sacked teachers, called on the state government to reconsider its decision on their employment.
He said many of them had given up their previous jobs when they were notified that they were working.
“Your Excellency, it will be of great concern to know that the impact of the cancellation of our appointments as classroom teachers has already been felt as we have recorded no fewer than 4 deaths among us as a result of the cancellation of appointment as classroom teachers,” he said.
“We have refused the work commitments we had with the previous workers. That’s why we didn’t go anywhere other than this offer. We pray that our hope will not be dashed, for we have great confidence in this work. We no longer want to be ridiculed and mocked by our previous employers and colleagues who were not part of the recruitment process or those who mock us as unemployed graduates”, he requested.
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“Lord Your Excellency, save our souls and have mercy on us. We are your children and brothers and sisters. There are a large number of us dependent on them. Canceling or ending our appointments at a time like this is like throwing ourselves into the sea of no hope.
“Your Excellency, we can sense your concern or reservation regarding some actions taken by the past administration. However, it will be a great honor if they give favorable consideration to our situation and appeal.”
Reacting, the Special Assistant on Communications to the state governor, Tunde Busari, said there is no turning back from the position of former teachers.
Mr. Busari, in a statement, said the affected teachers were “smuggled” into the state payroll.
“Those participating in the demonstrations are APC members smuggled into the state payroll by former governor Oyetola. According to the Executive Order issued by the Governor, those working illegally remain dismissed and are no longer employees of the state government. No amount of demonstrations and blackmail can change that reality,” he said.
“Those APC members are playing the script now. They have failed from the beginning, because this administration will not bow to the unjustified demands of those who collaborated to deepen Osun’s financial problems.’
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