Kogi to refund applicants' recruitment fees

Applicants who indicated interest to work with the Kogi State Teaching Service Commission (TSC) will have the N3,000 fees they paid refunded this week.
The state Teaching Service Commission under the chairmanship of Sylvester Onoja had charged each applicant N3,000  claiming that the money would be used to produce question and answer sheets as well as identity cards.
Governor Idris Wada, during a town hall meeting at the weekend to end the Good Governance Tour of the state said: “I gave approval for the recruitment of teachers due to shortage of teachers and the discovery of ghost teachers. I asked TSC to work out modalities for the interview with the Ministry of Education, but I was neither consulted nor did I give approval for the collection of fees from applicants. When I got to know of the money, I ordered a refund”.
He added that the total money collected from applicants was N9. 3 million, and that NECO, which was contacted by TSC to conduct the interview, claims to have already spent far above that amount in the printing of question papers, answer sheets and identity cards.
According to him, the explanation given by TSC was that they contracted NECO in order to get the best hands and not allow politicians to hijack the process. He called on the applicants to be patient, saying their money would be refunded. Speaking further, Governor Wada denied the allegation that the deputy governor, Yomi Awoniyi embezzled flood relief funds, saying that the money was judiciously spent and that there are records to prove it.

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