Authorities of Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) in Kwara State have been ordered to immediately refund examination charges collected from teachers who applied to become Principals and Vice Principals across the state.
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq gave the order in a statement issued in Ilorin, by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye.
According to the statement, Gov. AbdulRazaq reasoned that there was no basis for the charges of N2000 and N1500 since all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government now get their running cost since he came on board.
Over 100 applicants for the positions who sat for the evaluation examination last Wednesday had been asked to pay the fee as was the practice before, but the administration objected to it on the grounds that the government had already paid for running cost that covers such exercises, the statement added.
Meanwhile, TESCOM’s Supervisory Permanent Secretary, Bayo Onimago says TESCOM has complied with the Governor’s directive, as over 90% of the applicants have been refunded.
A key development in Kwara’s Civil Service since Gov. AbdulRazaq’s ascension was the restoration of running cost to the ministries: a step that has gone a long way in energising the civil service to perform its roles as the government’s engine room.