Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has reversed his decision not to absorb the 5,000 teachers recruited by the immediate past administration under controversial circumstances.
Upon assumption of office, the governor had stated that he would not list the teachers on the state’s pay-roll and on October 29, 2016, cancelled their appointments over alleged irregularities in the recruitment process.
But on Wednesday, the Head of Service (HoS), Mrs Ekereobong Akpan, told journalists in Uyo, the state capital that the teachers’ appointment would be revalidated.
She said that the revalidation exercise will hold on Saturday, February 11, 2017.
Akpan said that the affected teachers would have to defend their suitability by undergoing another round of test, adding that they would be admitted into the venue of the exercise on presentation of the original copies of their letters of appointment.
The HoS explained that the “affected persons will be expected to supply their personal details: Birth certificate, First School Leaving Certificate, educational qualifications, certificate of origin which they submitted in the aborted recruitment.
“Let me state here and very sincerely, that all the affected persons who succeed at this fool-proof screening exercise shall be offered appointment to teach in our public schools,” Mrs Akpan assured.
On the absorption of members of staff of the six community schools, she said that the sudden rise to 546 personnel in the schools following approval for take-over by the state government in 2012 was worrisome to the administration as it immediately set up a committee to unravel the mystery.
Akpan said: “… Let me again break the good news that the committee set up has submitted its report and all the bona fide teaching and non-teaching staff as identified by the community who used to pay-roll them will be absorbed into the service.”
She named the affected Schools as Unity Model College, Obontong, Nsit Ibom Local Government Area; Community Secondary School, Obio, Ediene Ikono LGA; Ikono Annang Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkwot Ikono, Etim Ekpo LGA; Others are Afaha High School, Ikot Udo Mbang, Ukanafun LGA; Comprehensive High School, Ikpe Mbak Eyop Obot Akara LGA and Comprehensive Secondary School, Iwere, Ini LGA.
The HoS, however, apologized to the affected genuine workers of the schools for the hardship they faced while the verification exercise lasted.