Enugu State Govt. sets up special court for exam malpractice, failed contracts

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ENUGU – Enugu State said it had set up a special court to handle corrupt practices, including failed contracts and examination malpractice in sector.

Commissioner for , Prof. Chris Okoro told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that the action had become necessary to ensure quick dispensation of and eradicate all forms of corruption.

According to him, the special court will also handle cases of sharp practices by staff of Ministry of .

Okoro said that attached to the court were currently assembling the cases for commencement of the process.
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He added that “if anyone is found guilty of examination malpractice, we will it to police and the police will investigate the matter and prosecute the person because it is a criminal offence.

“We have contractors who come to the education ministry, follow due process to get contracts but fail to fulfill part after they have been given mobilisation fund.

“That is a civil breach of . We have to bring them to court. The court will soon commence sitting and a chief magistrate has been assigned to it.

“We want to be sure that is followed in handling cases in the education sector.’’

The commissioner warned workers, especially those in the education sector to be honest in dealings to better the society.

He expressed optimism that the incoming administration in the state would continue the process to eradicate corruption and transform the system.

He advised teachers and students in various schools, as well as staff of the Ministry of Education to desist from acts capable of implicating themselves as the court would hesitate in prosecuting any culprit.

The commissioner, however, commended the school-based committees recently established in schools for assisting in providing and improving infrastructure in schools. (NAN)
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