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A’Ibom Assembly Calls For A Halt In Teachers’ Recruitment

…RAISES CONCERN OVER DISCREPANCIES

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has raised concern over discrepancies surrounding the recent recruitment exercise of teachers into State Secondary Schools conducted by the Akwa Ibom State Secondary Education Board (AK-SSEB).

This was brought to the floor of the House as a matter of urgent public importance by member representing Nsit Atai State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Mark Esset, Thursday.

The member described the matter as a ‘case bordering on transparency and lopsidedness in the recruitment exercise into Secondary Schools in the state.’ He noted that there were many anomalies recorded at the examination and selection stages as successful candidates were not enlisted for interview.

He further explained that since the examination was computer based, many candidates got their results immediately on concluding the test while others could not access their results due to technical hitches experienced across the state during the test.

Also, many are the complains from Akwa Ibom people who participated in the examination that even those who were lucky to access their result immediately after their exams and scored above 80% were not enlisted for interview.

“The public perceived outright irregularities in the process of the recruitment and as a people’s Assembly, there is need to put the exercise on hold and request the House Committee on Education to investigate the matter by inviting Ministry of Education, State Secondary Education Board and Head of Civil Service to scrutinise the process.”

However, the House as presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey resolved that the House Committee on Education should investigate the matter by inviting Ministry of Education, State Secondary Education Board and Head of Civil Service to ascertain the matter as reported.

Meanwhile, the House received two letters from the Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel requesting for a resolution from the Legislature to empower the state to access CBN loan facility of N2b for Agric credit scheme for cultivation of cocoa, coconut and maize.

And N5b Loan facility for CBN family home funds to finance the development of 650 affordable housing units for civil servants in the state and Ibiono Ibom LGA.

The Speaker authorised the clerk of the House, Mrs Mandu Umoren to communicate the resolution to the Governor for further action.

Also, a bill for a law to establish Akwa Ibom State Information and Communication Technology Development Agency, 2020 sponsored by Hon. Kufre Edidem and 16 others passed through second reading and committed to House Committee on Information for further legislative work and report back to the House within one month.

The House has adjourned its plenary to Tuesday, July 27, 2021 by 10:00am.

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