Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Kaduna Assembly Begins Probe of SUBEB

The Kaduna State House of Assembly yesterday set up a nine-member committee to investigate the activities of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

This followed a motion moved by Hon. Philemon Gidan-Mana, who urged the assembly to investigate funds remitted to the board every month from the accounts of local councils and its alleged recruitment of fake teachers.

He argued that the monies being deducted from the local councils was making the local governments poorer, with some unable to even pay salaries.

According to him, the members have to look at the activities of the board critically to avert a situation whereby the local government councils would be failing in discharging their statutory responsibilities.

Seconding the motion, Hon. Ahmed Hassan, representing Makarfi Constituency, expressed concern over continuous depletion of local council funds to service the board.

He said the continuation of such deductions would cripple the local government system in the next five months, urging the members to set aside their partisan interests on the matter.

In his contribution, Mr Yohana Jatau, representing Jaba Constituency, called for a thorough investigation to ensure the employment of qualified teachers and judicious utilisation of funds allocated to the board.

Other members, who contributed to the debate, included Hon. Shehu Adamu, Hon. Kantiok Irmiya and Hon. David Umaru.

The Speaker, Alhaji Mu'azu Gangara, constituted a nine-member committee to investigate the issues and report back to the House within eight weeks.

Members of the committee are: Philemon Gida-mana (Chairman), Kantiok Irmiya, Umar Yunusa, Bala Mohammed, Yakubu Bityong, Peter Adamu, Haliru Sambo, Yakubu Yusuf and Shehu Tahir.

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