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Enugu Assembly cancels teachers’ recruitment, orders fresh exercise


Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi PHOTO:

Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi PHOTO:

A plan by the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB) to recruit primary school teachers was stopped yesterday. The state House of Assembly cancelled the exercise and ordered a fresh one.

The Permanent Secretary of ENSUBEB, Mrs. Rose Chiaha, denied knowledge of the recruitment, alleging that the board was not carried along in the process.

The board recently conducted an examination for applicants as part of the process to recruit 2,000 teachers to fill the vacancies existing in primary schools.

But after the test was conducted applicants who participated raised the alarm over its credibility, alleging bribery and other irregularities.

They alleged that cronies of the board members demanded between N150,000 and N200,000 to offer jobs. They asked the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to intervene.

The board chairman, Ikeje Asogwa denied the allegations, saying he sponsored advertisements on radio warning people not to give money to anyone and to report such persons to the police.

Members of the state House of Assembly summoned Asogwa and the permanent secretary of the agency to their plenary yesterday where they were asked to stop the exercise and begin a fresh one.

Speaker of the Assembly, Edward Ubosi told the chairman of the board that the exercise has been nullified.

He asked the board to liaise with relevant stakeholders like the Ministry of Education in future.

The Speaker also ordered that the rescheduled exercise should be held at various local councils instead of moving the applicants to the state capital.

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