Officials of Niger state Universal Basic Education Board are to face criminal prosecution for allegedly collecting unauthorised levy from primary six school pupils.
The matter was tabled before the state House of Assembly during plenery in Minna on matter of public importance brought by member representing Paikoro constituency Sulieman Gambo Rabiu.
Alh Suleiman Gambo Rabiu is of the opinion that Niger state Universal Basic Education Board has no business what so ever collecting fees from pupils for testimonials therefore describing it as illegal and condemnable.
Seconding the motion member representing Bosso constituency Abdulmalik Madaki however said that since it was allegedly done to siphon money those involved must be made to face criminal trial at the court of law.
In his comment Chairman of Niger State Universal Basuc Education Board Dr Isa Adamu acknowledged that in the past four thousand naira was collected by his predecessors but had been stopped during his tenure.
Dr Isa Adamu said they have not collected four thousand naira from any primary six pupils stressing that the only money collected are those agreed during their stakeholders meeting,
He explained that the board will continue to remain open and transparent while expressing his support for what members of Niger state House of Assembly are doing describing it as partners in progress.
Dr Isa Adamu said as part of their effort to develope education at grassroot level the board has paid five hundred naira to twenty pupils from each of twenty five Local Government Areas of the state and called for collective efforts by all and sundry in transforming education.