By Mosunmola Ayobami in Ilorin
The Kwara State government has approved an administrative panel to investigate the alleged irregular recruitment in the state Teaching Service Commission.
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed approved a five-man Administrative Panel of Inquiry to look into an alleged irregular mass recruitment in the state teaching service commission.
This was contained in a statement issued in Ilorin on Tuesday by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Isiaka Gold.
According to the statement, the discovery of the irregular recruitment was part of the immediate outcome of the state-wide staff verification exercise embarked upon in the last couple of months.
Gold explained that the said recruitment was conducted outside the laid down procedures for recruitment into the service which provides for a systematic staff replacement process that is based on need assessment and funded from accrued savings from retiring staff at no extra cost to the government.
The SSG said the terms of reference of the panel among others include to examine the personnel profile of the Teaching Service Commission prior to 2014, determine the adequacy or otherwise of the personnel profile of the commission and examine what informed the alleged unauthorized recruitment of 2014 and the brain (s) behind it.
It will also identify the total number of those illegally recruited, their current duty posts, grade level and remuneration; identify the total financial loss incurred as result of the exercise and the possibility of recouping and determine the command structure of the Commission vis-à-vis its parent Ministry to establish the final authority for the recruitment.
The panel is also expected to suggest possible disciplinary actions against culprits; suggest measures to forestall future occurrence; and any other matter that the panel finds relevant to effective discharge of its assignment.
The administrative panel has the former Head of Service, Alhaji Yusuf Kawu Daibu, as Chairman while the Director, Political, Governor Office; Alhaji Abdulganiyu Opeloyeru, serves as the Secretary.
Other members of the panel are Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare; Mrs. Dupe Oluwole, State Solicitor General; Mrs. Funsho Lawal, State Auditor General; Mr. Samuel Adeyeye; and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education; Hajia Mariam Garba.
The panel has one-week to submit its report to the State government.