Enugu Defends 2,000 Teachers’ Recruitment

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The Enugu State Commis
sioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, has stoutly defended the recruitment exercise done by the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board, (ESUBEB), saying that the exercise went well and that he supervised every process of the recruitment.
He said that although no process of that nature is error free, in his estimation, the exercise had 70 per cent success, and urged that the rest of the process be allowed to continue.
Recall that recently, the Enugu State House of Assembly resolved that the recruitment exercise aimed at employing about 2,000 primary school teachers be nullified because irregularities were noticed during the recruitment exercise.
Sequel to the perceived
irregularities, the House had invited the Chairman of ESUBEB, Chief Ikeje Asogwa, to appear before it. When it was not satisfied with Asogwu’s explanation, the House went ahead to invite the commissioner to come and explain the role of his ministry during the exercise.
Eze explained that the approval to recruit teachers to fill vacant positions in the primary schools was given by the state executive council, asking that his ministry was directed to liaise with the ESUBEB to ensure a hitch-free exercise.
He also explained that he was properly briefed on every bit of the process.
Members, who spoke when the commissioner had left, urged their colleagues to allow the exercise to continue instead of nullifying it as the House had planned.
Member representing Isi-Uzo, Dr. Emeka Ugbuabo, and Barr. Chima Obieze of Ezeagu, opined that the exercise should not be cancelled. Obieze specifically said that the state government had spent a lot to conduct the exercise and can ill-afford to go through another one and moved that the exercise be sustained.