ASSOCIATON of Awka North Presidents General (PG) of town Unions, Men’s Wing, has written a petition to the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly with the title “Save our Souls”, saying the newly recruited teachers in Awka North is a sabotage against their people.
The petition was read at plenary by member, representing Awka North Constituency, John Nwaokoye, with reference made to the newly recruited teachers in Awka North to the memo Nos: MOBE/AN/PS/176/I/T/143, dated ,July 29, and directed with reference No: ASUBEB/6T/Vol. 1x/92 to all the education secretaries in the 21 local government areas of the state.
The group, on behalf of ndi Awka North, thanked Governor Willie Obiano for his kind gesture and consideration in approving the recruitment of 51 new teachers in Awka North.
According to the petition,“while we rejoice in the laudable gesture of the governor for empowering a good number of teachers, observation came that a good number of the listed teachers who registered in Awka North were by proxy of which they are non-indigenes; while about 320 qualified teachers trained in different institutions in Nigeria from Awka North who sat for the teaching examination and interview were not short listed.
The association stated through their petition that the motive for the recruitment is to help rural areas like Awka North, Ayamelum and Anambra West council areas, amongst other disadvantaged areas have trained teachers of their own people recruited to avoid incessant working of transfers from one rural to urban centers of these teachers after few weeks of their deployment; a situation they described as frequent occurrence at Awka North
The petition had a list of 51 recruited teachers which from the analysis showed that 25 of them are indigenes, while 26 are non indigenes of Awka North, mainly from Enugu and Nssuka, Nwaokoye informed the lawmakers.
The Awka North representative frowned at the development, stating that this has lingered for years and has been at the detriment of the youth of Awka North who roam about the street in search of jobs while there quota is being hijacked by some cabals who inject their children, relatives and friends.
Nwaokoye called on the legislators to step in and address the issue and verify the authenticity of those recruited. He presented the petition and it was referred to the committee on public petition, chaired by the Deputy Majority Leader , Emeka Aforka, with two weeks to act on the petition.