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I was never arrested — Bayelsa Commissioner

By Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa—Bayelsa State Commissioner for Education, Chief Josephine Ezonbodor, has denied insinuation making the rounds that she was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over alleged financial impropriety.

The commissioner, who made the assertion in Yenagoa yesterday, also said N2.332bn had been expended on the payment of bursary and scholarship awards to students of the state origin in higher institutions of learning within and outside Nigeria.

According to the commissioner, there was no iota of truth in the report claiming that N400m meant for perimeter fencing of some secondary schools in Yenagoa, the state capital, was misappropriated leading to her arrest by the anti-graft agency.

She said the contract for the fencing of fourteen secondary schools in the state capital was awarded for N142m as against the alleged N400m.

The contract, she added, was executed on credit pending the passage and signing into law of the state 2010 appropriation bill.

Commending the Chief Timipre Sylva-led administration for its transparency and accountability, Ezonbodor said this was responsible for the achievement recorded so far in the education sector.

The students of the state origin in higher institution, she noted, had benefited from the policy initiated by the present administration in the area of award of scholarship, bursary payment and infrastructural development.

The commissioner in her break down of amount so far spent on scholarship and bursary said N1.366bn was expended on scholarship award, N966.233m on bursary payment to students of the state origin in higher institutions of learning, while N6.012bn was set aside for construction of model schools in the three senatorial districts.


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