The Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB) Niger State, says it will reexamine teachers to ensure they meet expected professional standard.
Chairman of the Board, Dr Isah Adamu said this while inaugurating a 15-member Teaching and Non-Teaching staff Committee for the 25 Local Government Education Authorities on Wedneaday in Minna.
He said the committee would conduct staff audit exercise for teaching and non-teaching staff across the 25 Local Government Education Authorities (LGEAs) in the state.
“This will help us to determine the kind of staff that we are parading as teachers. We want to know if they are able to deliver on their subject matter as it pertains teaching and learning.
“It will help us to verify the staff qualification as commensurate to their grade level, ” he said.
Adamu tasked all staff of LGEAs to cooperate with the committee so that the aim of the exercise would be achieved.
He said the committee had 30 days to submit its report and recommendations while urging them to be transparent in their assignment.
“Due process should be your watchword and discharge this assignment without fear or favor.
“It is expected that you will bring your professional knowledge and expertise to bear on this assignment so as to contribute to the overall development of education in our dear state,” he said.
According to him, inconsistencies in staff data has been a challenge and a clog in the wheel of progress in Niger state Basic Education sub-sector.
“That is the reason, auditing our personnel in the actual number becomes paramount.
“The stagnated figures despite death, retirement and quest for greener pasture by our staff is something we must do and unravel as quickly as possible,” he said.
Similarly, he assured that the exercise is not aimed at witch-hunting anyone, but a deliberate effort to strengthen the system for effective service delivery.
“Anyone with any useful information that will aid the work of this committee should not hesitate to share such information for the benefit of our dear state,” he said.
He, however, noted that any attempt by stakeholders to conceal the truth or sabotage efforts of the board would be severely dealt with.
Adamu reassured that government of Gov. Abubakar Bello was poised to better the lots of teachers in the state by ensuring that all their due benefits were given to them as at when due.
“The governor has reassured us of his determination and willingness to improve on teacher’s welfare but consistency in staff data hinders all efforts, hence this inauguration.
” It is therefore desirable for us to carry out this exercise so as to determine our factual staff against the current one,” he said.
Also, Mr Ibrahim Umar, Chairman Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Niger chapter while appreciating the board, said that the project was timely and exigent.
“The Niger (NUT) needs this project so that we have authentic membership of our union, Niger State Uniniversal Basic Educaton Board (NSUBEB) will need it to sort out lingering issues on promotion and increment of teachers in Niger.
“Our problem as teachers can only be solved with such projects coming on board and Niger (NUT) will do all in its power to see that the project is successful,” he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that members of the committee include Alhaji Ayuba Katako, chairman for zone A, Alhaji Saidu Ibrahim, chairman for zone B, Alhaji Khalid Garba chairman for zone C , Alhaji Ibrahim Umar, NUT chairman Niger State chapter and 11 others