According to reports, the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Cross River, has taken delivery of 75,000 textbooks and 17,200 plastic furniture for distribution to Primary Schools in the state.
The state Executive Chairman of SUBEB, Dr Stephen Odey, made the disclosure on Monday in Calabar while briefing newsmen on the activities of the board.
He said that apart from the textbooks and chairs, the board also received four Hilux vehicles and a Prado Jeep for effective monitoring of schools across the state.
“As I speak to you, the board has taken custody of 75,000 textbooks from our contractor and we are left with only 10,000. We have also taken delivery of 17,200 plastic chairs out of the 50,000 that we are expecting.
“We also received four new Hilux vehicles and one Prado jeep for effective monitoring of schools in the 18 Local Government Areas of the state,’’ he said.
The Chairman debunked media publications alleging that the board was awarding contracts indiscriminately to cronies.
He said that all contracts were awarded in line with the provisions of the law.
“The board has N7.5 billion counterpart funds from the Federal and State Governments kept in the Bank. Payment for any contract must follow due process and certification.
“So, contrary to spurious publications in the media orchestrated by detractors, I do not have access to SUBEB money.
“We advertise for our jobs in an open bidding process.
“We have just completed analysis of 37 jobs which we advertised for and once all processes are done with, the contracts will be awarded.
“Here, we tried as much as we can to be very transparent in whatever we do, and our activities are open to public scrutiny,’’ he said.
Odey said that the board would soon commence bio-data capturing for all primary school teachers in the state to determine the bona-fide teachers.
According to him, the capturing has become necessary following the approval by the state governor for the board to take-over the payment of primary school teachers.
“Once this is completed, from December, teachers will be receiving their salaries monthly,’’ he said.