Illegal Fees: OYOSUBEB pardons erring head teachers
Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (OYOSUBEB) revealed on Wednesday that it has pardoned some categories of workers who were found culpable of collecting illegal fees from pupils.
This was contained in a press release signed by the Media Team of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board on April 13, 2023.
The Executive Chairman of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, stated that the pardon was to show compassion to fellow human beings, especially at a time when economic difficulties in the country are impacting families of persons either on suspension, without jobs or at the risk of losing jobs. However, he issued a stern warning that they must desist from collecting illegal fees or any other misdeeds that are against the ethics of civil service.
During a board meeting in Ibadan, Adeniran announced that “the board has pardoned the headteachers caught collecting illegal fees in some basic schools, despite the recommendations of the disciplinary panel”.
Adeniran also said that other officers who were identified with various irregularities according to the extant rules in the state civil service were forgiven.
“OYOSUBEB set up a disciplinary committee to review the fate of some workers with issues. The committee came up with recommendations. However, in the spirit of compassion, the board has pardoned them.”
“For those who have committed offences, we are all human beings, and because the times are very hard, the board has decided to pardon them. Insha’Allah, we have pardoned the erring officers with different categories of offences and asked them not to repeat such misdeeds in the future.”
The meeting was attended by the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), who also serves as a board member, Mr Raji Oladimeji.
In response, the NUT Chairman thanked the Executive Chairman of the Board and the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board for being magnanimous, despite the extent of the offences committed. He also appreciated the activities of the Oyo State Government, particularly on the implementation of promotional benefits for state workers.