Rivers State Government Through the Commissioner for Education Professor Prince Chinedu Mmom JP has issued a Strict warning to Principals of Government Owned Schools to desist from giving out School Facilities under their care to individuals and organisations for use without due approvals from the Ministry of Education.
Prof. Mmom who gave the warning today while meeting with Principals at Government Girls Secondary School Rumuokwuta said henceforth any approval for the use of Government owned school facilities must come from him.
The Commissioner noted that this directive must strictly be adhered to by all Principals and Head Teachers and those who flaunt this directive stand the risk of losing their jobs.
In his words ” any body who wants to use any government facility under your care should apply to the commissioner for Education through the Chairman of the Senior Secondary Schools Board or the Chairman of UBE Board to the principal who will make recommendation to the board and the board to me for approval”.
According to the commissioner, the governor has on several occasions paid unscheduled visits to some schools and has observed with dismay that some Principals let out School facilities under their care to groups who vandalize and steal items from the schools hence this directive.
He also declared that in a school that has Junior and Senior secondary schools, the principal of the Senior secondary is the head and overall Boss of the school adding that the principal of the junior secondary should work with the principal of the Senior secondary for the progress of their school while charging them to stop the battle of who is in charge presently going on in some schools.
He further threatened that if for any reason he discovers any conflict between Principals on who is in charge, he will transfer the Principals involved.
Tochi Abinye Pepple
Senior Information Officer
Ministry of Education
15 August, 2022.