The Kogi State Government has announced the suspension and ordered refunds of payment from applicants for teaching job aptitude test.
The state government latest decision is coming in after a-week it ordered the teaching job seekers to pay an refundable sum of three thousand and four hundred naira (N3,400) to an account at the Kogi State Savings and Loan Bank in Lokoja.
The state commissioner of Information, Yabagi Bologi confirmed the government new decision to SavidNews on Wednesday at the government house in Lokoja.
According to the state executive spokesperson, “the government has agreed to suspend action on applicants’ payment and ordered the refunding of fees to those who have already paid.”
Seeking reasons why the government agreed to overturn it earlier decision to accept fees, Mr Bologi tactfully giggled it off, insisting the government only reconsidered it position on the situation.
“Well it’s the government decision to ask and now suspends receiving payment from the job applicants,” says the immediate past substantive Chairman to Lokoja Local Government Area.
SavidNews report that over sixteen thousand (16,000) applicants are seeking for the teaching job against five hundred teachers’ (500) wanted.
SavidNews understands the latest government decision apparently indicates it bow to increasing calls from right groups, among others alleged exploitation plot on the applicants.
SavidNews gathered that since declaration of plan to conduct an aptitude test by the federally owned National Examination Council and payment of fees three-week ago, the office of the Chairman, Teaching Service Commission and Technical Adviser to the Kogi State government on Education, Mr Slyester Onoja has continued to generate bad blood and abuse from the interest groups and applicants on the Governor Idris Wada led government.