After revealing his pitiful income, a master’s degree holder employed by the Lagos state government was shot.
A young master’s degree holder who worked for the Lagos State Ministry was fired after disclosing his monthly salary of N35,000.
Mr. Toyemej Joseph Juwonlo, a graduate and master’s degree holder, disclosed that he was paid N35,000 per month to clean drainages in the Ikotun region of the state but was fired because the ministry wanted to keep his salary a secret.
His dismissal has been reported by P.M.EXPRESS.
Juwonlo is a father of three children from Lagos’ Badagry neighborhood.
After the conditions of service were made public, Ministry officials were said to become enraged, and the Governor inquired as to why he was employed at such a ludicrous salary even as a Lagosian.
However, instead of addressing the issue as requested by the Governor, he was asked to stop work without payment for the days he had cleaned drainages in the state.
The embattled Juwonlo started work last month and had to trek from his house at Meiran area to Ikotun every morning to do the job after the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources had engaged him as Drainage
Supervisor – meaning to clean gutters at the Ikotun axis.
P.M.EXPRESS had reported that Juwonlo was engaged without any appointment letter and he was not sure of the condition of the work he was employed to do. With the sacked, the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources has confirmed that he can be sacked without payment for the number of days he had cleaned the drainages.
The 49-year old Juwonlo studied Banking and Finance as a first degree before he went for his Masters in Business Financing and had worked many places before he started his own business as a freight forwarder, which eventually collapsed due to the economic situation in the country.
He was said to have been out of a job since 2014 and could not feed his family. The embattled Juwonlo said that for the past seven years, he had written several applications, looked for both Government and private jobs to no avail before he was informed about the work to clean drainages under the Ministry and he decided to take the job instead of continuing to stay idle.
He had previously said that he had no idea what would happen to him at work and that he had no idea whether it was a contract job or not, but that he had been told it was from the Ministry.
Juwonlo’s condition drew a lot of attention from members of the public in the Ikotun district, where he served, with many claiming that it showed that the government was unable to help its people.
Despite the pitiful salary provided to Juwonlo, which will not be enough to support his wife and children, the Government Ministry has added to his woes by dismissing him for revealing his salary.