- Former Osun teachers who were recently sacked by the Governor Adeleke-led administration are begging him to reconsider his decision
- One of the leading members of the sacked teachers, Wasiu Owoyemi, reported on Monday, January 23, that four of his colleagues have died
- Owoyemi during a press briefing in Osogbo claimed that the former civil servants died of depression
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Osogbo, Osun - At least four of the 1,500 teachers sacked by the governor of Osun, Ademola Adeleke, in 2022 have been reported dead.
Wasiu Owoyemi, the coordinator of an association of the sacked teachers, confirmed this during a press briefing in Osogbo, the state capital, adding that the sacked teachers died of depression.
During the press briefing on Monday, January 23, Owoyemi pleaded with the state government to reconsider its decision on the sacked teachers, Premium Times reports.
According to him, many of the affected teachers had to resign from their former jobs to secure employment from the state government.
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Stating that he and his colleagues understand the governor's position and decision on his predecessor's policy, Owoyemi pleaded with Adeleke to consider their pleas.
In a statement seen by The Punch, Owoyemi said:
“Your Excellency sir, it will be of great concern to know that the effect of nullifying our appointments as class teachers had already been felt as we have recorded no fewer than 4 deaths among us as a result of depression of nullifying the appointment as class teachers."
“We have resigned our work engagements with previous employers of labour. Hence, we have no other places to go other than this offer. We pray our hopes will not be dashed as we rely heavily on this job. We do not want to be subjects of ridicule and mockery to our previous employers any longer and colleagues who were not part of the recruitment process or those who ridicule us as jobless graduates.
“Your Excellency sir, save our soul and have mercy on us. We are your children and siblings. There are great numbers of dependents on us. Nullifying or terminating our appointments at such a time like this is like being thrown into the sea of hopelessness."
Osun: Witness revealed how Adeleke obtained degree certificate in 24 days
The chairman of the Osun State Chieftaincy Affairs Review Committee, Reverend Samuel Bunmi Jenyo, who claimed to be personal assistant to Governor Adeleke, has said the governor obtained his degree in 24 days.
Reverend Jenyo said Adeleke obtained his Diploma Certificate from Penn Foster High School on 16th July, 2021 and degree from Atlanta Metropolitan College on 9th of August 2021.
Jenyo made the revelation on Friday, December 23, while testifying before Justice Tertsea Kume-led tribunal at the resumed hearing of the petition filed by former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the declaration of Ademola Adeleke as the governor of the state