- Ongoing TESCOM staff verification exercise will provide authentic data, says Tescom Chairman
The Chairman of the Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof. Francesca Aladejana has warned contractors handling the ongoing renovation and construction of school buildings in the state against the use of substandard materials stressing that the board would not pay for poorly executed projects.
The Chairman gave the warning during a monitoring tour of some of the ongoing SUBEB projects in Ikere-Ekiti.
She said any contractor who fails to execute the projects to SUBEB specification or fails to give value for money collected would be blacklisted and made to face further serious sanctions.
“Government is spending a lot of money to upgrade facilities in our schools so that teaching and learning can take place in a more conducive environment. We won’t wait here while some contractors sabotage efforts of government to achieving this goal”, Aladejana vowed.
She said the board would continue to monitor the ongoing projects to ensure strict compliance to project specifications.
At AUD Nursery and Primary School, Oke’kere , Ikere-Ekiti, the Chairman noted with displeasure the quality of roofing materials used by the contractor renovating a block of classrooms in the school and ordered the contractor to outrightly remove the inferior material and replace it with a better quality material.
The SUBEB boss who commended the Head Teacher of the school and the Education Secretary of Ikere Local Government for calling the attention of the board to the shoddy job being executed by the contractor urged Head Teachers of schools and other stakeholders in the sector to ensure proper monitoring of all ongoing projects as they and their children would be the end users of most of the projects.
Meanwhile, the ongoing comprehensive verification exercise embarked upon by the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) has been described as a unique and reliable method to ascertain the correct data of Secondary School Staff in the State.
The Chairman of Ekiti State Teaching Service Commission, Hon Babatunde Abegunde made the assertion while addressing secondary school workers from Efon and Ekiti West Local Government Areas who converged at Aramoko District Commercial Grammar School (ADICO), Aramoko-Ekiti for the verification exercise.
Abegunde, explained that the verification exercise was cost effective in the sense that it could detect what biometric pay system may not capture particularly staff who might abscond from his or her duty post.
The Chairman who commended the commitment of the State government for paying arrears of salary described the State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi as the most worker friendly Governor in Ekiti State.
He assured the workers that government is making arrangements to recruit more teaching and non-teaching staff to fill the existing vacancies adding that the team was out to reconfirm the number of vacancies and to correct in the existing data.
The Chairman, who noted that there had been lopsidedness in the distribution of staff, said that teachers would henceforth be deployed, irrespective of geographical location to areas where their services would be mostly needed across the state.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary TESCOM, Mr. Ayodele Ajimati advised the teachers to cooperate with the officers in charge of the verification exercise, noting that the exercise is purely to for data verification and nothing else as being peddled around by dissidents.
Responding the Principal Aramoko District Commercial Grammar School, Mr. Tayo Omirin lauded the efforts of the government on the verification exercise, which he described as a welcome development.
He explained that the exercise, which is to ascertain the total no of teachers in the state, should be repeated every two years. The Principal advised the teachers to cooperate, comport themselves in orderly manners and render their documents and information in the most accurate manner without any falsification whatsoever.