By Faith Igbudu
Principal, Government Secondary School (GSS) Tse-Agberagba, Mr Aliba Stephen has been suspended over his involvement in financial misconduct of the school.
The Executive Secretary, Teaching Service Board (TSB) Benue State, Dr Frank Kyungun who announced the suspension of the principal when he visited the school for inspection recently, ordered his immediate handover.
According to the Information Officer of the board, Dooga Comfort Umande, Kyungun made the announcement during his visit to the school which was burnt down by suspected angry SSS3 candidates who claimed the school failed to register their 2020/2021 WAEC examinations after collecting the said monies from them.
Mr Joseph Iorja Agber has been directed to replace him. Until his appointment, Agber was the Vice Principal Academics, GSS Wannune.
Kyungun frowned at the level of destruction carried out by the aggrieved students, saying traditional rulers, Parents Teachers Association (PTA), community leaders and the management of the school must do more to protect government facilities in their domain.
He also said as a preventive measure, principals of schools should work closely with their bursars, allowing them to take charge of school monies.
He sued for total cooperation of the community and staff of the school to enable the new principal to deliver effectively and requested PTA to renovate affected blocks which includes administrative block and library, while assuring that the affected candidates will be communicated on when their monies would be refunded.
Responding, the suspended principal, Mr Aliba who is under investigation blamed the incident on a PTA casual staff (name withheld) who was in charge of ICT in the school. He explained that receipts were presented, convincing him that the examination was duly registered with WAEC, not knowing the receipts were fake.
According to him, about 75 candidates were affected, while properties destroyed during the crisis include: Certificates of WAEC & NECO that were yet to be collected, Certificate of Occupancy, school dossiers, sports equipments, chemistry and physics equipments, terminal exams results, MOCK & BECE results, furnitures, school receipts, library books among many others.
Chairman, Konshisha Local Government, Mr James Jirgba, who was represented by the Council Protocol Officer, Mr Kaseve Celestine, thanked the TSB boss for his proactive steps, saying the decision taken so far will definitely give hope to the children.
In his remark, Ter Ikyor, HRH, Chief Jam Gbinde, represented by District Head of Mbatem Tse-Agberagba, Zaki Uda, District Head of Mbakaaka/Tse-Agberagba Township, Zaki Liambee Adi and the Chairman PTA, Mr Anthony Ker Terhemba, pleaded with the state government not to withdraw the school from the community, promising to be more vigilant.
DPO, Konshisha LGA, SP, Markus Amos said investigation on the incident is still ongoing.