The Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB) has reacted to the on-going probe against its activities by the Enugu State House of Assembly, describing it as a “false propaganda”.
The lawmakers had during their plenary last week invited the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to probe alleged fraudulent activities of the Board, and equally freeze its bank accounts.
However, the Board, in a statement issued on Monday by its spokesperson, Mr. EbereChukwu Nnaji, said it was “surprised and alarmed that the Enugu State House of Assembly moved a resolution based on wild and unsubstantiated allegations made by two former board members”.
It stated that “one wonders why a Legislative House that believes in due process would pass a resolution that portrays ENSUBEB in a poor light based on allegation from two (2) out of its nine (9) board members.
“We want to assure our over 12,000 hardworking teachers, head teachers, volunteer teachers, school supervisors, non-tutorial staff and our service providers, that ENSUBEB will continue to pay their salaries as and when due.
“Education should be separated from politics and since our primary role is to ensure good quality education for the children of Enugu State, we will continue this service diligently.
“ENSUBEB is not a contract agency. It is an education board established for the welfare of our children. We take our vision and mission very seriously and we will not allow dirty politics to interfere with the education of our children.
“The current leadership of ENSUBEB, headed by Ms. Nneka Onuora, is a strong believer in transparency and accountability and properly follows due process in all its dealings. The two former board members in question had taken active part in all board activities, including board meetings, tender committee deliberations, bid openings, training workshops, project monitoring and other committee assignments.
“The other board members are disappointed with what could have motivated the two former members to file these false allegations.
“We, therefore, appeal to Enugu State House of Assembly and other relevant agencies to thoroughly investigate issues concerning ENSUBEB before taking decisions for the interest of children of Enugu State”.