Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose has cancelled the recent employment of no less than 400 staff by Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti.
In a statement in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday, Gov. Fayose through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi said that the action was consequent following the irregularities that characterized the exercise.
He said the recent recruitment did not follow due process, as the university failed to advertise the vacant positions, thereby disallowing competition.
Fayose alleged that the awkward manner the recruitment was carried out did not enable qualified persons who are jobless to freely seek employment.
He accused some members of management of deliberately shutting out jobless persons who had nobody to lobby for them, in preference for their own kits and kins, while emphasizing the need to make appointments into every area of government employment free, fair and transparent.
Speaking on Wednesday, during an interactive session with the participants in the N-Power Programme of the Federal Government from the state at the Government House, Ado Ekiti, Fayose further expressed shock that over 400 persons would be offered employment in the Ekiti State University without the positions being advertised.
At the event, Fayose promised a reward of N1 million and full employment for the best participant in the N-Power Programme.
He stressed that the N-Power Programme is only a palliative as it will last for only two years and strongly appealed to the Federal Government to take the issue of job creation serious.
The Governor pledged to do his duty to distribute participants to where they would work and monitor them as well as ensuring that a proper data capturing of the participants is carried out.
“For those in the agriculture arm of the programme, they can take advantage of our desire to adequately support rice and cocoa cultivation.
“We will support in the provision of inputs and clearing of land. Next year, we are committing about N250 million to clear farmlands across the state.
“From the participants, we can get serious ones who could be useful in the teaching service and other areas.”