The Kogi State government also ordered the refund of payment from the applicants.
By Sam Ahmadu
The Kogi State Government has announced the suspension of a recruitment exercise for intending teachers in the state.
The government also directed that the application fee be refunded to applicants who had paid N3, 400 application fee into an account at the Kogi State Savings and Loan Bank in Lokoja.
The State Commissioner for Information, Yabagi Bologi, confirmed the government’s new decision to a PREMIUM TIMES correspondent on Wednesday at the government house in Lokoja.
According to Mr. Bologi, “the government has agreed to suspend action on applicants’ payment and ordered the refunding of fees to those who have already paid.”
When PREMIUM TIMES sought reasons why government decided to overturn its earlier decision to accept fees, Mr. Bologi giggled, saying the government just decided to reconsider its position on the situation.
“Well it’s the government decision to ask and now suspend receiving payment from the job applicants,” said the immediate past Chairman of Lokoja Local Government Area.
Over 16,000 persons applied for the five hundred teaching positions.
There are indications that government rescinded its decision to collect a fee from the applicants because right groups accused the state of exploiting the candidates.
Since the declaration of the plan to conduct an aptitude test by the federally owned National Examination Council and the payment of application fees, right groups have condemned the government, particularly Sylvester Onoja, the Chairman of the Teaching Service Commission and Technical Adviser to the Kogi State Government on Education.