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Ikpeazu retires education board secretary over illegal recruitments


Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, yesterday, sent Executive Secretary of the Secondary Education Management Board, Lawrence Ogbonna, who was earlier suspended for employment racketeering on compulsory retirement.

This followed consideration of the report of a committee set up by the governor to investigate alleged illegal employment of 5,853 workers in the state.

In deciding his (Ogbonna’s) retirement, the governor noted that the committee’s report revealed that of the 5,853 workers said to have been employed between 2018 and 2020, only 187 were employed with waivers, while 5,666 were employed without waivers.


Governor Ikpeazu, however, decided that in case anyone asked the 5,666 persons employed without waivers to start work, such persons should stop forthwith, having been illegally employed.

According to Chief of Staff (COS) to the governor, Dr. Anthony Agbazuere, who announced government’s verdict on the committee report in a statement in Umuahia, directed that schools that have need for teachers in some special areas, should make their submissions to the Commissioner for Education and copy the COS.

“Also, whenever there is such need to employ teachers, government shall make recourse to the list of the 5,666 persons for employment under the Secondary Education Management Board,” the statement added.


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