An unemployed university graduate and one of the respondents to the vacancies advertised by the current administration of governor Kayode Fayemi into teaching positions in Ekiti State about two years ago, Mrs Adedunmola Nifesimi Esther, has berated the governor for lack of transparency in the process of offering employment to and selecting successful candidates.
Taking to her Facebook page earlier today, Esther in a letter titled 'Inside Fayemi’s Employment Scam (1)', described the process as shrouded in secrecy, noting "Now almost a year after the examination, ‘mum’ has remained the word on the part of government. The job opportunities that were then being celebrated on both online and offline platforms, have suddenly become a process skewed in secrecy."
She explained she had applied for job, underwent examinations and eventually employed under former governor Ayodele Fayose and had been teaching in a secondary school in Igede Ekiti, before the current administration came, overturned their employments and caused them to begin recruitment processes again, upon allegations the Fayose's employment was fraught with deceit and irregularities.
Esther said: "A year into a teaching career which I had thought would be for decades was truncated by Dr Fayemi administration. I took it in good faith when many spirited Ekiti patriots appealed to us that the process was fraught with inadequacies and that Fayemi would repeat the exercise in a more transparent way. I believed because I thought Dr. Fayemi was a democrat. I was wrong. M
"Initially, I thought it had been jettisoned until information reached me that Ekiti State Government, under the watch of the ‘O yato’ politician, a supposed democrat, a supposed lover of due process, a former minister, governor of governors and aspiring President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, letters are now being distributed descreetly to those perceived as sons and daughters of influential people in government and friends of the administration. Did I hear you ask what becomes my fate; A poor daughter of a tailor?
"I decided to take this to the public arena not because of millions of naira that were collected from poor Ekiti youths to obtain forms at the beginning, but because of the stories flying around that the process had been hijacked from government? Who hijacked it? Could it be market men and women or leaders of NURTW?," She queries.
"Mr. Governor, over to you sir, we voted for you for good not to be shortchanged. Even when your detractors said you were coming in to vent your anger on Ekiti people over your ugly experience in 2014, some of us were out there campaigning with the hope that you were coming to give us the best. Please safe the souls of sons and daughters of Ekiti who know nobody in Government.
The 'disappointed' applicant gave a brief survey about the emergence of Dr. Fayemi in Ekiti in 2006 and how people accepted and saw him as 'a messiah over Engr Segun Oni.
Her words: "Since the first day I read the profile of Dr. Kayode Fayemi in 2006, I had instantly concluded he would be a democrat, hence I keyed into the ‘Oya to’ slogan, which was then popular with his followers in Moba Local Government. I was approaching 20 when he first came but through the persistence of his followers, especially the late Hon Saliu Adeoti, Fayemi appeared to me like a different breed among Nigerian politicians.
"This explains why his journey to government house before and after the re-run election which pitched him against Engr Segun Oni was like a movement. I digress and give this background to let my readers know my early acquaintance with the political foundation of the subject of this small write up.
"Has politics changed Fayemi? Was it power that changed him? Was he a pretender when we thought he was a messiah? Is it a case of stoop to conquer or a carrot-and-stick approach? All these keep roaring in my brain as I review my life and fate under Fayemi in the last two years.
"As a fresh graduate from the department of Physical and Health Education of the Obafemi Awolowo University, I had jumped at the window of opportunity provided by the then Governor Ayodele Fayose at the twilight of his office in 2017. I took part in various stages of the employment process and was given employment to teach at the Ekiti Baptist High School, Igede Ekiti.
"As I’m working out the total money generated through the process and how those who didn’t pass the examination are now collecting letters through the backdoor simply because they are sons and daughters of somebodies, I appeal to those who passed the transparent examination that was said to be handled by a consulting firm to inbox me.
"I bet the second part of this would be mind-blowing and reveal to Ekiti people how far Dr. Fayemi has changed from being a democrat and an activist to a true Nigerian politician who will not say what they will do but will promise what they will not do.
"I confided in two people before coming out this morning and one of them said it would mar my chance of getting job in Ekiti, rather than making me. Again, I’m not bothered and ready to face the consequence, after all, it will right some wrongs and help some people," Esther said