By Oni Femi (INN), Ekiti
Persons with Disabilities in Ekiti State have called out the Ekiti Local Government Service Commission (EKLGSC) for its delay in expediting employment of its members into the commission and other government agencies.
INN reports that the commission had on December 2021 tendered invitation for application into unified and non unified cadres to citizens of the State.
It was gathered that some Persons with Disabilities had joined the list of applicants seeking employment in the commission. However, seven months later none of them had been employed.
While requirements for the jobs on offer include being “mentally and physically fit”, these have not stopped Persons with Disability from applying for the jobs.
A Person with Disability who doesn’t want his name disclosed on print said he had to apply despite the requirements because it has not been easy to feed and pay bills when he doesn’t have a job.
He narrated how he made every efforts to get employed, even in private sector – to no avail.
Another unemployed, single mother who also spoke on conditions of anonymity narrated how repeated phone calls to family and friends requesting support to feed her child have been ignored.
She appreciated Governor Kayode Fayemi and his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi for their kind gestures to all women with disabilities in the State. She used the opportunity to appeal to their excellencies to consider Disability inclusion in employment both at State and Local Government level.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Disability matters, Hon Ogunrinde Tunde said his latest effort to resolve the situation was visiting the Director of employment and posting of Ekiti Local Government Service Commission (EKLGSC).
According to him, “the director had informed me that she saw the letter I wrote to the Governor. She however told me they are working on appointment letters that will be distributed later”.
When the Director of Employment and posting of Ekiti Local Government Service Commission (EKLGSC), Ms Adewumi Fawekun was contacted on phone call concerning the delay, she redirected our reporter to the Chairman of the commission, Chief Samuel Abejide. All efforts to reach the chairman was unsuccessful.