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Group blasts Adeleke over N2,000 application fee, demands reversal

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The African Movement for Freedom and Justice (AMFJ) has blasted the Governor of Osun, Senator Ademola Adeleke over payment of N2,000 application fee for teachers recruitment.

The group demanded for an immediate reversal of application fees imposed on potential job seekers by the Osun State Government.

In a press statement released on Saturday jointly signed by the group’s National Coordinator, Ande Africanus and the Publicity Secretary, Matthew Alugbin, PhD, it was alleged that the Osun State Government asked citizens of the state wishing to apply for the new job recruitment as teachers to pay the sum of N2000.

According to the statement, the government made it a practice in the state to continue extorting citizens during the process of job creation.

The statement reads: “The African Movement for Freedom and Justice (AMFJ), Osun State, strongly condemns the exploitation of unemployed youths in the state under the guise of employment. While we appreciate the State Government’s efforts to strengthen the education sector by recruiting capable hands to enhance the quality of education in Osun State, we must address a fundamental flaw in the process. It has come to our attention that the application form for these positions is being sold at a non-refundable fee of two thousand naira (#2000.00).

“While we wish all prospective applicants success, we want to emphasize that turning public recruitment into an opportunity for Internal Revenue Generation (IGR) for the state is both callous and insensitive, and it should be condemned by all. Imposing a fee for application creates a barrier to entry into the civil service, contradicting the government’s duty to facilitate, rather than hinder, job searches and promote inclusive access to employment opportunities.

“Consider the impact of such fees on unemployed graduates already grappling with financial challenges. It is unjust and unethical to require them to pay application fees, exacerbating their financial burdens. This practice exploits the desperation of job seekers, extracting money without providing any guarantee of employment or return on investment.

“We recall a similar situation in 2020 under the Oyetola-led government, where job application forms were sold to over 40,000 individuals at 3,000 naira each, resulting in only 1,000 applicants being employed. In contrast, recruitment into public schools in Ekiti State in 2022 allowed qualified applicants to apply free of charge using an online platform.

“We call on all Nigerians, especially political actors in Osun State, to urge the government to reverse this decision in the interest of unemployed graduates and in light of the prevailing economic hardship facing Nigeria under the APC-led Federal Government. We also urge the NLC in Osun State to stand in defense of prospective workers and prevent this exploitative practice.”

The government had last week announced advertisement for recruitment of 5,000 teachers into the education sector. announced advertisement for recruitment of 5,000 teachers into the education sector.

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