The main gate of Government House Jalingo today was agog with solidarity songs and the display of placards by women and Youths in support of the ongoing Biometrics and the screening of Primary Schools Teachers throughout the State.
The women and Youths group that came in their numbers said they were in Government House to assure Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku that they are in total support of his administration’s desire to reposition the Taraba State Universal Basic Education Board TSUBEB, for effective performance.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Mrs. Beatrice Thomas said they are happy with the decision of the State Government to critically screen all Teachers of Primary Schools in the State, saying that, such decision is in the best interest of the State and wondered why some people were protesting against it.
Beatrice Thomas maintained it is through the Biometrics that the State Government will be able to know the exact numbers of teachers that are in the payroll of State Government with a view to ascertaining who are genuinely employed as teachers in Primary Schools.
Speaking further, She lamented that, during the screening exercise lots of ghost workers were uncovered, ghost schools discovered as well as persons that have dual appointments letters and said the shoddy deal is not healthy for the development of the State.
She revealed that, the coalition of women and Youths is a non political and non governmental organization that believes in due process and is determined to confront any group that is out to frustrate the activities of the present administration.
She stressed that their solidarity protest is not sponsored or ill motivated but a group that has confidence in the working of the present regime, vowing to defend and support her so that Taraba State will be better.
Accordingly, the spokesperson said Monday’s protest was ill motivated as the organisers of the rally were neither teachers or members of the Nigerian Union of Teachers NUT, and stated that such people do not have the interest of the State at heart and called on Teachers and people of the State to be patient and support the present administration to succeed.
Responding on behalf of Taraba State Government, the Secretary to the State Government, Anthony Jellason thanked the women and Youths coalition for having faith in the activities of the present administration.
Anthony Jellason maintained that the essence of the Biometrics exercise is not to witch hunt, but is intended to correcting the ills that has bedeviled TSUBEB over the years and reiterated that no amount of ill conceived protest will deter the State Government from continuing with the Biometrics screening exercise.
He explained that the essence of the exercise is to determine the actual number of Teachers in the payroll of TSUBEB and added that people that have genuine papers and have been genuinely employed have no cause to fear stating that, the target is to sieve the wheat from the chaff.
The SSG said those protesting against the exercise are those that have skeleton in their cupboard and are doing everything possible to frustrate Government desire to sanitise the system which has been characterized with ghost workers, inflation of salary figures and the existence of ghost schools among others.
The placards carried by the women and Youths solidarity group bore inscriptions as; “we support the Biometrics”, “we are in full support of the present administration”, “No to people with double employment”, “we say no to ghost workers”, “we say no to the sell of employment letters”, “karyanku mahassada sai DDI”, “No more 40 salaries for one person” among others.
They also presented their solidarity letter to the Secretary to the State government, Anthony Jellason to be forwarded to the Taraba State Governor, Arc.Darius Dickson Ishaku.