The Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Kaniye Ebeku, has denied the allegation by protesting youths in Rivers State that he is responsible for not kicking off vocational training in the government technical centre.
In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Sir Chidi Adiele said the allegation is false and malicious, and that no responsible donor or agency, including the World Bank, has approached the Commissioner for Education, or the government of Rivers State regarding any offer to give free training to Rivers State youths at the PHTVC.
The statement challenged any responsible donor who had ever written or approached the Ministry of Education to offer any free training of Rivers State youths in the PHTVC to make that information public.
The statement further said the so called Austin and his co travelers cannot produce any evidence to verify their bogus claims, and called on the state police command to conduct proper investigations and do the needful.
The statement further alleged that the so-called Austin is a known thief who’s only intention is to gain free access to the school in order to continue stealing the movable facilities there, and his inability to achieve that anymore accounts for his public display of madness in the name of protest.
He added that the ministry has written to the police stating, inter alia, that the school letterhead Austin used to write to the state Police Commissioner was forged and all information conveyed therein amount to giving false information to the Police which is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Nigeria.
He further commended the government of Rivers State for doing a lot in the education sector and deserves the commendation of all, noting that the state government and the ministry of education will continue to do all that is necessary to educate the youths of the state in all ramifications.