…as Wada sacks SUBEB Chairman
By BOLUWAJI OBAHOPO
A Non-Governmental Organisation, The Great Transformation Support Initiative (GTSI), has petitioned the Presidency, to intervene in the plight of primary school teachers in Kogi State.
In a petition signed by Ambassador Ojie Mark Ojie, its National Chairman, said the closure of primary schools in the state is affecting the future of over 1.3 million pupils and their teachers.
The petition which followed a complain made by Zacch Jonathan, the State Coordinator of GTSI, on the plight of Kogi Primary school teachers over five months unpaid salaries, lamented the five months closure of primary schools in the state.
The petition notes that primary schools were closed for six months in 2011, five months in 2012, almost the whole year in 2013 and now closed again with primary school teachers vowing not to resume this year until their demands are met.
The GTSI petition to the presidency,which was also copied the National and State Chairmen of the PDP, as well as the Kogi State governor, recommended that aggrieved parties and SUBEB be reconciled as the incessant strike is affecting the standard of primary education in the state.
The organisation also called for the immediate implementation of the National Minimum wage for primary school teachers, also urged government and the NUT in the state to work in unison for the benefit of primary school students,teachers and the government.
In a related development, the Governor of the State, Capt. Idris Wada has sacked the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB and a six-man Interim Management Committee headed by Mr. Stephen Aku has been appointed.
The sack of the former Chairman, Alhaji Jibrin Usman followed series of complaints from primary school teachers who are yet to receive their salary since February despite the fact that the monthly deduction from the Joint allocation has not yet stopped.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr. Jacob Edi.
The statement said the interim committee will oversee the affairs of the agency pending the constitution of a substantive board and ordered the sacked SUBEB chairman to hand over with immediate effect to the committee.
The statement further reveals that the Interim Management Committee is to work with the existing internal structure In SUBEB to pay salaries of genuine and certified teachers and also of the non-teaching staff as approved by the governor, as quickly as possible.
”However, in the mean time, the job of the Interim Management Committee is to, amongst other things effect a clean up of all the administrative and technical anomalies in SUBEB with a view to repositioning the Board for effective and efficient management of education at the basic level in the state,” the statement added.
The statement also said the education board should be dissolved as well.