The Delta State Government has sanctioned fifteen persons who were involved in the collection of illegal levies from public school pupils in the state.
The state government also asked the Principal of Ogor Technical College, Mr. Ishmael Omolade, who has been sacked, to refund N11,124,800 he illegally collected from pupils.
In a statement, yesterday in Asaba, signed by the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Patrick Ukak, the sanctions came on the heels of the report of a panel of enquiry instituted by the ministry.
“Mr. Ishmael Omolade has been removed as the principal of Ogor Technical College, Otor-Ogor; and he is to return the sum of N11,124,800 being monies illegally collected from students in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 academic sessions.
“As a further punitive measure, he has been posted to the headquarters of Technical and Vocational Education Board in Asaba. In addition, normal disciplinary procedures are to be initiated for his early exit from the service.
“Equally, the principals of five other technical colleges in the state are to be issued letters of warning for engaging in illegal collection of levies from students. To forestall future occurrence, they are to also refund the amounts illegally collected from students and examination candidates,” part of the statement stated.
In the same view, Mrs. Veronica Igbigwe, who was removed as headteacher, demoted by one grade level and posted out of Okotie Eboh Primary School in Sapele, is to refund the exact amount of the illegal levies she collected from pupils.