One hundred and fifty-two teachers sacked by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) under the administration of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson have been reinstated. Four hundred teachers employed by the previous administration were sacked by the Dickson government over allegations that their employment was marred with irregularities.
They were also fingered in the allegation of fraudulent payment of salaries uncovered by the Dickson government prompting the dissolution of the SUBEB board and arraignment of some officials in court over fraud. However, 152 out of the 400 teachers, after proper investigation, were re-employed after due application, interview and proper employment letters.
The Executive Secretary of the board, Mr. Walton Liverpool, who disclosed this said though the board had removed its hands from the cases of non-academic staff, the re-employment of the 150 staffers of the board was a decision to encourage the genuine process of employment of teachers in the state.
According to him, re-employed teachers were not entitled to any arrears of salary or allowances as teachers because of their involvement in a faulty employment scam in the state.
“No arrears will be paid to them because they were illegal employees and so didn’t have records anywhere in the board. No files and nothing to show they were teachers in the state,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Salo Adikumo, has offered reasons why the Bayelsa State free education scheme was yet to take off.
Adikumo, speaking with journalists, explained that the Dickson government was committed to its free education policy, which included the distribution of free school uniforms, sandals and instructional materials. According to him, the policy was yet to take off because Dickson had not been able to commission the free school materials procured by the government.
While stating that the Dickson administration had embarked on the renovation and remodeling of primary schools’ buildings across the state, he said it was also erecting headmasters’ quarters in over 200 primary schools in the eight local government areas of the state at the cost of N11 million each.
He explained that government spent N18.7 million to renovate a six-classroom block at Agbura; Onuebum Primary School, N21 million; Ewoi Primary School, N21 million; Otuabula Primary School, N26 million; Otuaba Primary School, N20.8 million; Kolo Primary School, N20 million; Otakeme Primary School, N22 million and Oloibiri Primary School building, N23.5 million.