Kwara State government has revealed that the illegal recruitment of 516 workers in the state Teaching Service Commission since 2014
has cost the government more than N400m.
This was contained in the findings of the Administrative Panel of Enquiry instituted by Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed on the illegal recruitment.
Chairman Alhaji Yusuf Kawu Daibu, while presenting the report to the governor, said it was discovered that the teaching service commission illegally employed 965 persons instead of the 449 approved in 2014.
Daibu said the selection and recruitment were “haphazardly done as there were no records of shortlisted candidates or of an interview panel that should have formed the basis of the final list successful candidates”.
The panel recommended, among other things, that the recruitment be reviewed and limited to the 449 by considering “the genuine need of the Teaching Service Commission for additional hands, especially in Mathematics, the core Sciences and English Language”.
The panel further recommended that the enabling law establishing the Teaching Service Commission be reviewed to cater for some structural defects and that the oversight function of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development be enforced to prevent the illegality from happening again in the future.
It also recommended that an effective database be established to monitor entries and exits from the teaching service commission.