The Akwa Ibom State Government has fired 5,000 teachers employed by the immediate past administration of Senator Godswill Akpabio.
In a statement he personally signed, the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel faulted the process for which the teachers were recruited, stressing that he would not bow to sentiments.
Blaming a syndicate for issuing the appointment letters to unqualified applicants, Emmanuel assured those with necessary qualifications that they would be considered when the fresh recruitment begins.
The statement reads,“It was discovered that the syndicate which had since been apprehended was involved in printing fake letters of appointment and fake school certificates at outrageous amounts ranging from 150,000 to 200,000 naira.
“Even the Bible says if the foundation is not right, what can the righteous man do? We have tried to see how we could get something out of that recruitment process, but believe me, the foundation was very faulty.
“If we are putting people to teach our children, please let us leave sentiments apart and go for the right people. We need to make sure they went through the right process and have the right qualifications.
“We are assuring the 5,000 people that they need not worry, when we are calling for aptitude test, you need not re-apply, just walk into the venue of the exercise with that appointment letter and justify that you are qualified to teach our children.”
Emmanuel, had in October dissolved the State Executive Council, SEC.?