By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”PEOPLES Redemption Party (PRP) governorship candidate in the 2007 governorship elections in Delta State, Mr. Emmanuel Igbini, yesterday faulted the decision of the Post-Primary Education Board in Delta State to exclude non-Deltans who were successful in the recent recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staff for secondary schools in the riverine areas of the state.
He said: â€œThe decision, which was announced by the Head of the Board of Post-Primary Education of Delta State, Mr. Emetulu, came as rude shock and constitutes a threat to restoration of peace and justice inÂ riverine communities and the amnesty package.
â€œThis decision is nothing but immoral, unconstitutional, discriminatory, fraud of the highest order, retrogressive, uncivilised, a deliberate act of financial crime and corruption, a sign of inconsistency and insincerity in the policies and actions of the Board.
â€œAbove all, it poses the greatest danger to Deltans, government of Delta State and particularly Governor Uduaghan who recently created the office of a special assistant on non natives and appointed a non- Deltan into the office.
â€œWorse still is the fact that this is coming at a time when Governor Uduaghan is preaching and urging Deltans to imbibe the culture of collaborating and partnering with other states and non-natives for the benefits of political and socio-economic progress of Delta State.
â€œIt is a statement of fact that the recruitment advert placed by the Board months ago did not exclude non- Deltans, neither did it specifically state that the recruitment was exclusively reserved for natives of Delta State.
â€œIt is, therefore, obvious that the recruitment exercise was ab initio open to all qualified Nigerians and the reason over 40,000 non-Delta State natives bought the application forms, participated in the screening exercise and some eventually successful.
â€œThe total number of applicants was reported by various media and confirmed by applicants to be over 80,000, while each applicant paid N550 to obtainÂ application form amounting to over N40 million realised by the Board for sales of the forms only.
â€It is also a fact that all the applicants were made to spend over N10, 000 each for transportation, feeding and accommodation to attend the initial screening, examination and final interview exercises.
â€œSome were even reported to have been involved in motor accidents, majority of those who were victims and spent much more for logistics are the non-indigenes of Delta state.
â€œWhy then must the Board suddenly turn around to exclude non-indigenes at the last minute after publishing the final list of successful candidates?
â€œIs the Board acting a separate script from Governor Uduaghanâ€™s? If so, for whose interest does it represent?â€