No Plan to Sack Teachers Not Sympathetic to APC, Kogi Commissioner Refutes Report

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The Kogi State Commissioner For Education Science and Technology, Hon Wemi Jones, has described the report making the rounds in some section of some online media that Gov. Yahaya Bello has reportedly ordered the sack of Kogi teachers who are not supporting All Progressives Congress (APC) as
absolute falsehood.

Jones, in a statement issued to newsmen in Lokoja on Thursday while reacting to the misinformation, described the news as fake, baseless and a figment of the imagination of unscrupulous individuals masquerading under the guise of opposition with the intention to create disaffection amongst teachers and workers in the state.

The Commissioner said as a matter of fact, the State Government is about releasing the list of 1,500 successful applicants to be employed as teachers in the state secondary schools in the first phase of ongoing recruitment exercise for teachers.

He described the report as one from the pit of hell.

The Commissioner explained that it will interest the authors of the sponsored report to note that in the just concluded transparent exercise carried out to recruit teachers in the state, nobody was asked to show his or her party membership card, whether he is APC or PDP, rather he said everybody that was interviewed, what mattered was whether the applicant possesses the requisite qualification to be a teacher in the state.

Hon. Jones said the report is not logical, but one laced with lies and vendetta, and lamented that people could go to the extreme to paint the state government black for no just cause.

The Commissioner said at no time was any directive issued to Local Government Chairmen as contained in the report to compile names of teachers not sympathetic to APC, describing the present administration as one that has placed premium on the recruitment and improvement of the welfare of teachers and workers top on the front burner.

While pointing out that just recently the leadership of NULGE and NLC in the state publicly commended the state government for the release of promotion, payment of promotion arrears for teachers and other workers benefits in the state he, described those behind the misinformation as enemies and agents of Lucifer whose trade in stock is to cause destruction and disaffection amongst the peace loving teachers and workers in the state.

Hon. Jones was emphatic that no compilation of names of teachers as falsely claimed by the mischief makers is ever contemplated. He stressed that the present administration of Gov Bello as one that has better repositioned the education sector to the admiration of the people since the creation of the State.

While pointing out that the state government has in the last seven years under the leadership of Gov Bello made the building and renovation of primary schools across the State a top priority, added that the GYB Model Science Secondary Schools across the state is another signature of the Gov. Bello’s administration that has remained a watershed in the state’s education history.

In the area of technical and vocational education, Hon. Jones disclosed that the state has reawakened all the moribund Technical Colleges in the state. He disclosed that the Technical Colleges in Idah and others have been renovated, remodelled and are nearing completion with the aim of reawakening technical and vocational education.

The Education Commissioner noted with nostalgia the establishment of the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, an institution he said has become the flagship amongst state owned universities in Nigeria.

He stressed further that the malicious report of Gov. Bello ordering the sack of teachers not sympathetic to APC as wicked, a report that stands logic on its head.

While pointing out that what yardstick did the authors of the malicious report carried out to determine teachers not sympathetic to APC as claimed, described Gov. Yahaya Bello as a democrat who will not muzzle any citizen of the state over choice exercising there franchise.

Hon. Jones pointed out that the good works of Gov. Yahaya Bello acknowledged all over the country in the repositioning of the education since the State history is enough to convince the teachers and other citizens of the State on who to vote for in the forthcoming general election, urged the mischief makers to be mindful of misinformation that would not do the State any good for political reasons.

Hon. Jones used the statement to reaffirm the determination of the State Government to allow the people to freely make there choice in the forthcoming general election, described the report as one that failed in meeting the objectives of the mischief makers as it is fake, baseless and hold no sense in it entirety.

The Commissioner, who called on Journalists to always cross check their facts before publishing, cautioned against yellow journalism. He said development Journalism, balanced and unbiased reportage as the way to go in modern democracy.

Hon. Jones maintained that no order emanated from his office to any Council Chairman as insinuated by the disgruntled elements, said the State has no uncleared list anywhere after the successful staff audit carried out years ago aimed at arm-twisting civil servants to do its bidding or be sacked.

While the Commissioner expressed optimism that with the unprecedented achievements, in terms of human capital and infrastructure by Gov. Yahaya Bello, expressed confidence that the All Progressives Congress would win overwhelmingly in all the forthcoming general election.

He asserted that Kogi as an APC state by virtue of good governance under the leadership of Gov Yahaya Bello.

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