Return credibility to teachers’ recruitment, APC tells Soludo

Charles Soludo

The All Progressives Congress in Anambra State has advised the Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, to return credibility to the teachers’ recruitment in the state.

The party said the teachers’ recruitment currently going on in the state had lost credibility as various controversies, accusations and counteraccusations have been trailing it since its commencement.

The controversies that surrounded the exercise had forced participants to allege that it was a deliberate attempt to shut them out for preferred candidates to be picked.

The situation resulted in the cancellation of the first exercise earlier conducted on June 4 by the governor.

A viral voice note circulated online across the state on Monday, where the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, was allegedly heard using vulgar language against one of the participants, which compounded the controversy.

In a statement on Tuesday, the state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Okelo Madukaife, said the failure of the state to properly organise the exercise led to the increased pressure on the interviewers, examiners and the participants.

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Madukaife said, “We are, however, miffed by the reports emanating from the screening exercise for teachers which for undisclosed reasons were badly handled.

“All sorts of mishaps, including bad words and fisticuffs have attended the overcentralised exercise.

“It is our surmise that the failure of the state to take that exercise to zones and local increased the pressure on the interviewers, examiners and the examined and set the tone for any possible altercation that could have arisen, in which only the knowledge of the full facts can lead to a sound judgment.

“We urge the commissioner of education and the state in general terms, to embrace politeness in dealing with the public, cut down on the grammar flying in the air and get their acts together, as the honeymoon is over.”

He also added that only sure-footed actions of transparency and probity will return credibility to the bashed exercise and calm the protesters to forget that there was a rude exchange of words.

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But in his reaction, the Press Secretary to the governor, Christian Aburime, said Soludo remained committed to a seamless, transparent teachers’ recruitment process.

Aburime asked the members of the public to ignore the viral voice note that circulated online on Monday, describing it as “an edited excerpt from a private phone conversation by an applicant who obviously failed the examination”.

He said the commissioner’s reactions were a result of the uncouth language used by the applicant against the person of the governor of Anambra State and other unprintable words hurled at the commissioner.

He, however, noted that the commissioner had apologised for her inappropriate choice of words used in the said voice note.

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