Enugu commissioner faults nullification of teachers’ recruitment
Eze said there was no justification in the position taken by the lawmakers, especially when the state government approved the exercise, which his Ministry monitored.
The State House of Assembly penultimate week cancelled the recruitment exercise aimed at employing about 2,000 teachers in the primary schools of the state following allegations of irregularities and fraud.
Sequel to the development, the lawmakers had invited the Chairman of Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ESUBEB), Ikeje Asogwa to appear before it and when not satisfied with his explanations, went further to invite the Commissioner of Education (Uche) Monday to explain the role his ministry played during the exercise.
Uche during the plenary stoutly defended the recruitment exercise, saying he supervised every process of it and recorded over 70 percent success.
Moving that the process should be allowed to continue, he stated that he was properly briefed on the exercise, which according to him began after the approval by the state executive council.
“The approval to recruit came from the EXCO that I should liaise with ENSUBEB to recruit the teachers.“From the beginning, I was properly briefed. When the exams came, I monitored the centers,” Eze said and pointed out that nobody complained to him that he was marginalized or excluded from the exercise.
He went further to explain why the second interview examination was conducted, stressing that it arose following complaints by some people that they were not allowed to participate in the first one and the executive directed that they be included which he equally supervised.
Members who spoke when the Commissioner left urged their colleagues to allow the exercise to continue instead of nullifying it as the House had resolved.
Speaker of the House, Edward Ubosi, directed that the House Committee on Education should investigate the issue further and report back to her next sitting.