Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State on Wednesday recommended the suspension of 42 primary school teachers for allegedly “absconding” from their duty posts for two years in Gamboru Ngala local government area in the state.
Mr Umara, a former university teacher, made this known during the Democracy Day celebration at the Ramat Square in Maiduguri, the state capital.
He said during his tour of primary schools in Gamboru Ngala, he discovered that 62 teachers were registered in the nominal role whereas, only eleven of them were present.
“To my dismay, the head master said he has had only 11 teachers in the school in the last two years.
”This is very obnoxious and I have directed the suspension of the 42 teachers who were not on ground,” he said.
He said that he would not condone the culture of absenteeism, indolence, indiscipline and nepotism in the public service noting that prudent management of public funds, transparency and accountability must be the guiding principles.
Mr Zulum said proactive modalities would be put in place toward creating institutional framework for basic service delivery, to address the high public expectations aimed at strengthening the confidence of the people of the system.
“We will address the issues of security, poverty, unemployment, quality education, infrastructure, health services among other things that will positively impact on our lives. All these will invariably depend on good governance in a democracy,” he said.
In his reaction, Jubril Muhammed, the Borno Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), said the teachers’ action was not deliberate act.