Yenagoaâ€”Bayelsa State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, yesterday dismissed claims that it favoured members of the State House of Assembly in awards of contracts, saying it was the handiwork of mischief makers to tarnish its reputation.
It also said that contracts worth N1.2bn had been awarded for renovation and building of new classroom blocks as well as supply of teaching aids to schools in the state.
Chairman ofÂ SUBEB, Mr. Rhodesia Whyte, who spoke to newsmen in Yenagoa, said due process was followed in the award of the contracts.
Whyte, who insisted that there was laid downÂ principle for the awards of contracts in line with the principle of transparency and accountability, said â€œall contracts awarded by this board passed through Tenders Board.â€
Reacting to the recently concluded biometric exercise in which several of the board staff were discovered to be ghost workers, he said they were still awaiting government white paper.
He, however, declared that the board has over 11,000 staff on its payroll, including contract staff, which translated into over N600 million spent monthly on staff salary.
On the contentious Teachersâ€™ Salary Scale, TSS, the chairman said the new salary scale had been implemented by the government, but added that teachers in four out of the eight local government areas in the state were yet to collect the arrears.
He assured that teachers in the affected council areas would soon be paid their arrears.
According to him, necessary machineries have been put in place to ensure smooth payment of the teachersâ€™ arrears.