Edo NUT Urges Government To Decentralise Audit Of Members

Mr Patrick Ikosimi, the Edo Chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), has said that the union is against the centralisation of the ongoing audit of teachers in the state.

Ikosimi stated the position in Benin on Tuesday after one female primary school teacher in the state capital failed a reading test when the state governor visited the venue of the audit.

He said that the union was happy with the work of the Gov. Adams Oshiomhole-led administration toward sanitising the education sector.

Ikosimi said that the government’s approach aimed at flushing out bad teachers from the school system was worrisome.

He, however, described the inability of the female teacher to read as a great embarrassment to NUT but stressed that as the union chairman, he was not surprised at the discovery.

The chairman said that the union sympathised with the government and expressed the hope that the audit would offer opportunity for the government to take steps to remove bad eggs from the school system.

Earlier, Oshiomhole had visited the venue of the audit to assess the conduct in Benin.

The governor expressed surprise when one of the female teachers could not defend her certificate and could not read.

The governor, who spent more than 30 minutes with the teacher to see if she could read the age declaration attached to her document had to personally help her to read.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that at a stakeholders meeting in Benin two weeks ago, the governor said that an audit had revealed massive falsification of documents by some teachers.

A week ago, the governor in a meeting with Nigeria Labour Congress, NUT and Trade Union Congress as well as civil society groups wondered why NUT failed to allow the first set of 1,300 teachers allegedly detected through the audit to go for verification.

He had said that the exercise was not a witch-hunt. (NAN)

source: Energynews-ng

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