Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has ordered an investigation into the padding of the budget for the conduct of First School Leaving Certificate Examination in the state to the tune of N283 million.
Obaseki vowed to unmask the officials who sent the N283 million request for the examination, which was eventually conducted at the cost of N30 million.
The decision was taken at the weekly State Executive Council (SEC) meeting on Wednesday in Benin City and was made known by the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Hon Paul Ohonbamu.
He said: “A memo was sent to the governor for the conduct of the examination and N283 million was earmarked for it which eventually cost N30 million. The governor is not comfortable with this. He has directed that those responsible for the disparity be identified and brought to book.”
Among other resolutions at the meeting was the review of the law setting up the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to keep pace with current realities in the basic education sub-sector.
He explained that the Obaseki-led administration places premium on basic education which is the foundation of the education system and was committed to reorganising it to deliver quality education to the state.
The commissioner further said that Council agreed that the distribution of treated mosquito nets is kicked off in the state today and urged all special assistants and senior special assistants to the governor to participate in the exercise.