A group of physically challenged persons, under the auspices of Physically Challenged people on Monday, held a protest at the state secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan. The group lamented that the recruitment exercise contradicted the decision of Governor Seyi Makinde which promised that persons with disability would make 5% of the total recruitment.
The group said the list released by TESCOM did not accommodate physically challenged people. They alleged that 350 of their members ought to be employed but TESCOM employed 149. Addressing the protesters, the Permanent Secretary, TESCOM, Mrs Grace Oderinde, expressed dismay that people with disabilities were protesting having shortlisted 150 of their members for employment as teaching staff and 50 as non- teaching staff. On his part, the TESCOM chairman, Akinade Alamu said the ongoing process for the recruitment of people with disabilities has been suspended.
Alamu stated this in a meeting with the group in his office monitored by Reporters, the chairman constituted a committee which had members of group and its leader, Mr Aluko. Alamu added that members of the committee would peruse the list and final position would be made known in a meeting scheduled for this Friday 10th.
The meeting had in attendance Commissioners for Establishment and Training, Education, Science and Technology, Professor Daud Sangodoyin and Olasunkanmi Olaleye. Others include, Executive Assistant Administration, Reverend Idowu Ogedengbe, Executive Assistant on People with Disabilities, Ayodele Adekambi among others.