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‘How Abia Schools Were Converted To Markets, Event Centres’

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The Commissioner for Education in Abia State, Professor Uche Eme Uche on Tuesday told the Panel on recovery of government properties and funds that about 300 government schools in the state were allegedly taken over by individuals and faith-based organizations, saying that she discovered her assumption of office.

According to her, a few of the schools were later transformed into social event centers and relief markets.

She made this statement at the Abia State Judiciary Panel of Inquiry on the recovery of government properties and funds in Umuahia.

According to her, on assumption of office, she got a report that Comprehensive Secondary School, Okpu-Umuobo in Osisioma Ngwa LGA was allegedly taken over by an individual who claimed that the immediate past governor, Okezie Ikpeazu approved it for National Agricultural Land Development Agency (NALDA) project.

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The Commissioner said efforts to trace the documents relating to such handover of government school proved abortive, adding that when she visited the school alongside the General Manager of Greater Aba Development Agency, armed security personnel positioned in the school allegedly fired a gunshot on them, which prompted them to take refugee in one Eze’s Palace until they were rescued by the police from the nearest police station.

Uche said that she had no alternative than to secure a space at Obuwa Community School for the students, adding that she has reported the matter to the Governor Alex Otti.

The Commissioner also prayed the Panel to investigate the activities of the Examination Development Center, Umuahia.

In another report, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Abia State on Due Process, Dr. Oluebube Chukwu has declared that the initiative to remodel primary and secondary schools in Abia would transform the education sector in a few months.

In a chat with journalists in Umuahia on Wednesday, Chukwu stated that the initiative announced last week after the meeting of the State Executive Council would help revolutionize the entire Abia education sector.

He described the move as strategic, given that education is indispensable in the quest to build a modern and better Abia.

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