Hon. Isah Adamu, the Niger State Chairman of the Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB), and some key officials of the Board, have incurred the law’s wrath for collecting unauthorized fees from primary six pupils in the state.
Hon. Isah, the NSUBEB Chairman, and his officials are to face criminal prosecutions for their actions as resolved by the state House of Assembly.
Hon. Isah Adamu and other officers of the Board were alleged to have collected levies, supposedly meant for an examination and issuance of testimonials to school pupils, against the state board’s practice.
The parent raised the alarm as they said that the amount was high and that such has never happened in the state.
While the NSUBEB charges parents to pay N400 for the testimonials, the report states that the schools increase it to range between N500 to N2000, respectively.
However, the issue was tabled before the state House of Assembly during plenary, under the matter of public importance by the member representing Paikoro Constituency, Suleiman Gambo Rabiu.
Suleiman Gambo Rabiu said NSUBEB has no business with collecting fees from pupils for testimonials while describing the move as illegal.
According to him, “the collection of fees from their constituents, especially in this period was very inhumane. It contravenes sections 19 and 20 of the law that set up the Niger State Universal Basic Education Board. Schools and not NSUBEB usually give testimonials.”
Hon. Malik Madaki Bosso, a member representing Bosso Constituency, noted that since the Board’s action was illegal and done to collect money, those involved should be made to face criminal trial in the court of law.
However, Bar. Abdullahi Bawa Wuse, the Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, passing the recommendation of the House on the issue, directed that all fees collected from the primary six pupils be refunded to the parents immediately.
Consequently, Hajiya Hannatu Jubrin Salihu, the State Commissioner of Education, was directed to appear before the lawmakers to further explain to the NSUBEB and why the fees were collected from parents.
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