Governor Seyi Makinde to sack corrupt teachers, civil servants
Concerned by the increased price of corruption in the academic segment in the state, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state on Friday said dismissal and prosecution awaits anyone caught sabotaging government’s efforts through corrupt practices.
To however handle corruption cases in the state, the governor said the mini keyboard which will guarantee the operationalisation of the Oyo State Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will quickly be inaugurated.
Makinde produced the disclosures while getting the leadership of the Oyo state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), whom paid him a visit at the Agodi Secretariat office of his, Ibadan.
Bemoaning what he referred to as pervasive corruption in the education sector of the state, Makinde disclosed that no less than eighty % of situations of corruption brought to the interest of his, since assumption of office, occurred in the academic sector.
He provided the instances of the corruption to incorporate, accounts of several school administrators collecting cash from the pupils of theirs because of the conduct of mock examinations, reports of several civil servants collecting money from coaches to ask them to promoted and put up to choice areas.
He more pointed to cases of several nearby inspectors of education requesting gratification from principals before handing over the books bought by authorities at no cost distribution to pupils in addition to partial info about the way the N526 million very first term grant was distributed.
Makinde added that a few school heads & coaches also blackmailed parents into paying several sums of cash for the children/wards of theirs in the facilities of theirs.
Noting that his administration’s totally free education policy was being applied to reduce the concern of parents, the Governor stated he’s actually overseeing the education industry to make certain that federal government obtains value for cash it will continue to purchase the field.
Although he mentioned he awaited full stories concerning the distribution of grants to facilities for very first term, Makinde sure that he won’t wait to offer grant to schools for the next phrase.
While assuring of dedication on the welfare of coaches as well as the whole workforce in the state, Makinde urged the NUT leadership to enlighten teachers on not doing razor-sharp practices or maybe actions that sabotage government’s investment in the education market.
He said, From perhaps 10 cases of corruption which has arrived at the attention of mine, eighty % really originated from the education sector. We have the School Governing Board (SGBs) and we requested which they ought to be signatories on the grants along with the principals.
Today, I’ve had reports that in certain schools, they’re collecting funds for mock exams. If they take me a file requesting authorization to invest money to print examination materials, I approve it.
We would like to lighten the concern on our majority and parents of the people of ours. In a few schools, they’re getting blackmailed into doing things that are certain. Enlighten the members of yours which I won’t back away.
I’ve taken it upon myself to monitor the education sector since we’ve fully committed a great deal of cash in it so we wish to have value for cash. Nevertheless, the feedback that I’m getting hasn’t been encouraging.
I completed a sting operation. For starters, I’ve had to allow a female to go since she was collecting cash from teachers being promoted or even to be published to choice areas. Next, there’s the situation of 4 individuals collecting cash at TESCOM and have been caught. They’re likely to be dismissed plus they’ll be prosecuted. It’s a choice is very painful though we’ve to make sure that we get value for however much we’re committing.
They brought the file to me asking to approve the grant because of this phrase and I requested them to offer me a description of the way the grant for the very first term, over N500 million, was sent out. It is about accountability.
After approximately 5 days, they brought back incomplete info. Nevertheless, I requested that we go and give the next term grant while we’re considering the returns for the very first term.