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Rivers Assembly summons education commissioner

07 November 2012, 10:12

Rivers -  The Rivers House of Assembly on Tuesday invited the Commissioner for Education in the state, Miss Alice Lawrence Nemi, to appear before it on Wednesday.

She is to explain the circumstances surrounding the ongoing teachers’ recruitment exercise by the state Ministry of Education.

The invitation followed a motion by Mr Ibiso Nwuche, representing Ahoada-East constituency, on the issue.

The assembly asked the commissioner to explain why her ministry decided to hijack the functions of the Universal Basic Education Board and the Senior Secondary Schools Management Board by conducting the exercise.

It warned that the lawmakers would not entertain any excuse for non-compliance to the resolution.   

The Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Otelemaba Amachree, also directed the suspension of the ongoing teachers recruitment exercise handled by the ministry. 

“ I want us to amend prayer two  and I want prayer two to read thus;, the Commissioner and her team plus the Permanent Secretary and the directors should  appear before the House tomorrow  morning ,10 am.

‘’ Make sure you convey the resolution of the House to her immediately. We will not entertain any excuse. Tomorrow, she must appear before the house at 10.00am.’’

Nwuche had, in his motion, prayed the House to suspend the ongoing teachers’ recruitment exercise in the state.

He said the exercise ought to have been handled by the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) and the Senior Secondary Schools Board and not the ministry.

The lawmaker noted that for the ministry to hijack the exercise, it had rendered redundant the two boards from carrying out their statutory functions.

NAN reports that all the lawmakers unanimously supported the motion for the suspension of the exercise and the invitation of the commissioner and her team.



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