Saturday 23rd September, 2017
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Obaseki orders probe of N283m padded exam budget

Obaseki orders probe of N283m padded exam budget

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.