CSO condemns suspension of Delta school headteacher, urges probe of ministry

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Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

By Aderogba George

Abuja – The Advocacy for Social and Economic (CASER) has condemned the suspension Mrs Vero Igbigwe, the Head Teacher Okotie-Eboh Primary School, Sapele, State.

Mr Frank Tietie, the Executive Director CASER, a Civil Society Organisatgion (CSO) stated this in a statement Tuesday in Abuja.

Igbigwe suspended by the ministry for allegedly collecting illegal fees from pupils the school.

The CSO described the suspension of as “a cheap diversion from the State Government’ failure to provide free qualitative basic education.’’

It said the Head Teacher used as scapegoat since there evidence that heads of schools across the state had been authorised by the government to collect certain fees and levies from pupils.

It added that the suspension poor response of the government to the unfortunate that brought to the forefront, the failures of the past and present officials of the state ministry of education.

It said in spite of the huge average income of N20 billion that the state earned monthly, the state of public schools in State was “worrisome; and called for urgent .

CASER also the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to wade into the alleged corrupt activities of officials of the Delta State Ministry of Education.

It called the EFCC to prosecute any past and present official of the ministry found culpable in the mismanagement of funds meant for the maintenance of public schools in the state.

“A serious government would immediately declare a state of emergency in the education sector after apologising for its negligence.

“Such an application of a face saver in the midst of serious issues of criminal neglect of public schools infrastructure is not a action by any serious government that wants to change its approach to the handling of its responsibility,’’ the CSO said.

It said that if EFCC refused to carry out the , CASER would be forced to approach the court for an order of Mandamus compelling it to carry out the .

It said that CASER’ call for an was to promote the right of Nigerian children to quality education since there were available to guarantee such.

The Delta State Government had in a recent statement, vowed to deal with any official who engaged in acts that undermined the good intentions of the government.

It restated the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration’ commitment to the provision of quality education in the state’ public institutions.

It maintained that Delta State government would continue to run free education; and anyone who jeorpadised these efforts would face the appropriate sanctions. (NAN)