The Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB) has denied media reports that its officials collected gratifications from applicants before offering them jobs in the ongoing recruitment of teachers in the state.
It therefore called on those peddling such rumours to come up with evidence to justify their claims or shut up.
Reacting to the development, ENSUBEB Executive Chairman, Chief Ikeje Asogwa in a statement described the allegations as untrue and mischievous, saying that “the board had uncovered the antics of faceless fraudsters who claimed to be staff and agents of ENSUBEB to defraud innocent citizens under the guise of shortlisting them for employment”.
Chief Asogwa who frowned at the allegations, noted that they came at the time Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration had initiated far-reaching reforms in the board aimed at improving the standard of education in the primary schools of the state.
The ENSUBEB Chairman said that contrary to the said media reports, no applicant had been offered employment as the recruitment exercise was on-going.
He disclosed that the board being mindful of such mischievous allegations had announced in the media that “applicants should not pay money throughout the course of this recruitment exercise.”
The Chairman stated that when the bribery allegations came up, the board investigated them to ascertain their veracity and later discovered that the faceless fraudsters were using a particular bank account to receive money from unsuspecting victims.
He said that his office had officially reported the case to the Divisional Police Officer, Independence layout, Enugu, via a letter dated September 5, 2016 for necessary action.
The board chairman, while reaffirming the commitment of the present administration in the state to the core values of discipline, merit, transparency and accountability, urged the public to discountenance the said publications as no evidence of bribery scam by officials of the board has been recorded.