by Hauwa Gambo
Barely days after firing a handful of teachers for absenteeism, Edo’s governor, Adams Oshiomhole yesterday announced that 41 zonal inspectors and chief inspectors of education and local government education officers have been fired after a performance audit.
They were fired over “non-performance and negligence of duty in continuation of the on-going sanitization of the state education sector”.
He also announced the demotion of the Vice Principal of New Era College, S.E Akhabue, from Grade Level 15 to Grade Level 14, ” for being a perpetual latecomer.”
This continues the governor’s battle against inefficiences in the system.
“It’s obvious from what I’ve seen today and from what you’ve told me that you’ve all breached your basic duties, which is to monitor schools and file basic reports, which among things, should include reports on those present and absent so that government can take steps to assist those who want to work to remain and those who don’t want to work to go home,” he told school inspectors yesterday.
“Edo State Government has lost millions of naira of taxpayers’ money because of your failure to do your duties. You are guilty of negligence of duty and even abandonment of your duties. I believe that most times, you don’t even come to work. We do not need this set of zonal inspectors of education, chief inspectors of education and local government education inspectors. “The days are gone when people don’t do their jobs. It’s shocking that you recognize that you are supposed to have written reports, yet you fail to do so.
“I am happy that parents and guardians are returning their children and wards to public schools as a result of the massive investment we have made in the education sector, yet, you who are to ensure that teachers work do not do so. “I’m not hiding the fact that only those who are willing to work will keep their jobs. Everybody must be accountable.” I am accountable to the Edo people, the House of Assembly is accountable, and so if we are accountable, who are you not to be accountable.
“If the teachers don’t teach, we have no future and your brief is to ensure that the teachers work and yet you failed to do that. “It’s a new Edo, everybody must be put on notice to work and justify their pay. I have a duty to remind you that when you have abandoned your job, you have also lost it.”