Morning devotion ban: Governor Ayade sends Perm Sec on indefinite suspension

For banning morning devotion in schools in Cross Rivers state, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Education, Anne Odey, has been suspended indefinitely.

Odey’s suspension was communicated by Jude Ngaji, the State Security Adviser (SSA) to Governor Ben Ayade.

Ngaji revealed to journalists in Calabar on Friday, that the state police commissioner, Henry Fadairo, had truly alerted the Education Ministry of a potential Boko Haram attack during early morning and afternoon devotions in schools.

He said: “The governor has directed that the permanent secretary be suspended indefinitely while the ban on suspension of devotion has been lifted immediately.

It is true that police got intelligence information that Boko Haram is planning to bomb schools during morning devotions and therefore directed authorities in the Ministry of Education to act fast. But the permanent secretary did not bother to refer to the governor or call for stakeholders’ meeting to that effect.

So, the governor feels pained that the permanent secretary got such sensitive information without seeking for his advice and went ahead to issue directive suspending morning devotions in schools.”

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