Kaduna State Govt suspends school principal over alleged sabotage
The Kaduna State Government on Friday suspended the Principal of Government Secondary School, Samaru Kataf, for allegedly destroying school property under his care.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr Shehu Adamu, announced the suspension, while briefing newsmen on developments in the education sector in the state.
Adamu explained that the principal was suspended for allegedly colluding with a contractor to excavate sand from the school’s football pitch to build a filling station, without the knowledge of the ministry.
He said that the football field had been destroyed and turned into a gully, thereby preventing students from playing in it.
“This is an act of sabotage, particularly from a principal who is supposed to protect government property under his care. We got wind of the deal when the contractor refused to pay the principal what they had bargained for,’’ Adamu said.
He said the principal would remain suspended until investigations were concluded, adding that if found guilty, he would be prosecuted.
The commissioner said the state government was ready to work with anyone interested in transforming the sector, as well as those interested in protecting government investment.
“We will equally prosecute anyone sabotaging government efforts at providing decent schools for our children,’’ he said.
The commissioner expressed concern on recent fire outbreaks in some secondary schools in the state, adding that police investigations have revealed that students were mostly responsible for the fire outbreaks. He said that some of the students involved in the incidents were being investigated by the police, saying that they would be prosecuted after the exercise.
Adamu added that he had received reports, which alleged that some people had destroyed property in some schools in the state already renovated by government. “We are investigating the matter, and anyone found connected to this act of vandalism would be prosecuted,’’ he said.
Adamu further said that Gov Nasiru El-Rufa’i had already directed that the affected schools be rebuilt immediately, so that they could reopen. The commissioner commended communities, Parent-Teacher Associations and School-Based Management Committees for contributing to the success of the state’s free-feeding programme.
It would be recalled that there were fire incidents at Commercial College, Zaria; Tafawa Balewa Memorial College, Samaru Kataf, Government Girls College and Government Girls Secondary School, Zonkwa, in the last two weeks.