PORT HARCOURTâ€” MINISTER of Education, has been urged to intervene in the process of appointing a new Executive Secretary for the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE. In a statement weekend in Port Harcourt, a group, Coalition for Justice, said some of the steps being taken towards the appointment were not procedural.
â€œThe current process adopted for appointment does not have the backing of law,â€ the group said. It said the Minister should also correct what it termed abnormality in the board, where more of the members are from a section of the country.
â€œThe employment at NBTE is 80% skewed in favour of the North. Apart from the pioneer ES,Â all past executive secretaries together with the acting ES are Northerners.â€
The group said the Minister should take steps to right these anomalies. It said since the South South is not represented on the various boards and commissions in the Ministry of Education, it should be considered to produce the next Executive Secretary of the NBTE.
â€œAlso going through the list of Chief Executives of other similar boards/commissions under your Ministry, we found that all the geopolitical zones are adequately represented except South South.
The only appointee from the South South is at the National Universities Commission,Â whose term expires this year. The implication is that on his exit, the South South will not be represented on the boards or commission under your Ministryâ€