The Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has disclosed that the forthcoming recruitment of teachers in the state will be based on merit as applicants are expected to write the employment examination.
The Governor also called on the leadership of the state’s labour union to always place the interest of the state above other considerations in their engagements with the government.
Gov. Wike made this known during the officaila opening of the secretariat of the Rivers Nigeria Labour Congress in Port Harcourt.
“We need teachers. But the employment of teachers will be based on examination. It will be based on merit. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and the Chairman of Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools Board have been directed to determine how many teachers are needed before a consultant is engaged to conduct the examination.
“For me, Rivers State first before any other thing. Before you go on strike or declare any dispute with the Rivers State Government, look through and check what the implications would be for Rivers State,” Wike stated.
He also warned that the principals involved in the collection of monies from students would be sanctioned, adding that the state government would not tolerate the disobedience of the directive on the abolition of all forms in state-owned schools by any principal or school administrator.