…As petitions, rejection of promotions flood Ministry
By Favour Nnabugwu
HEADS of unity colleges have provoked the Federal Government to probe further into activities of principals in the 104 schools over reorganization exercise which sparked off petitions and rejection of promotions in order to remain in schools. Investigations revealed that some of the principles have been struggling to retain their existing comfort zones, with annual budget running as high as between N180 million and N270 million, with little on nothing to show for the allocation.
Minister of State for Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike, who invited all the unity colleges principals to a meeting in Abuja, yesterday, expressed displeasure over some principals who, rather than resume in their new posting, resorted to writing petitions, resisting their posting.
According to him, the ministry is inundated with petitions and stories of some of the principals blackmailing directors of the ministry over their transfer. The federal government a month ago carried out reorganisation in unity schools, which led to transfer of principals.
He admonished the principals: “Most of you begin to involve people that introduce all kinds of sentiment, when we are talking about quality of education. Most of you believed that you are born to die in a particular school because of what you benefit from that school. Then what happens to all those posted to rural areas. Are they also born to die there because they do not have people to fight their course?
“People from Rivers State wrote petition and I said as far as I am concerned, the petition does not make sense to me. It means if they were in my position, they will break the rules to help their own people.”