By Stanley Onyekwere
Principals of secondary schools in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will now have to tough it out or risk sack over poor sanitation and other vices in public schools.
In particular, principals who fails to adjust, and begin to add value to the school system, by observing all extant rules and regulations.
Issuing this warning during an emergency meeting of all the Principals of public secondary schools, convened by the Chairman FCT Secondary Education Board Mr. Yahaya Muhammad.
Muhammad revealed that meeting became necessary following the unscheduled recent visit to FCT schools, by the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, which exposed the Principals’ inefficiencies and failures.
The Chairman, who berated the Principals’ poor sanitation, and flagrant abuses of safety rules in their various schools, also condemned some of the teachers attitude, which he noted was detrimental to the administration of FCT.
He further directed that all the illegal trading activities going on around the school perimetre fence, and even indiscriminate farming by staff within the school premises be discontinued immediately.
According to him; “ We just have to read the riot act to our principals.So we have to make it point blank to them that we will no longer accept the situation where our schools are been kept untidy.
“They most ensure that the sanitary condition of our school is nothing less than the acceptable standard that we have given to them and that must be comply with.
“Failure to comply with the rules and procedures, off course you know what happens in every organization. Anybody that cannot key in, in my own language, I say that person must be kicked out.
“So they must comply with the rules and regulations. We have the statutory responsibility to over see all the senior secondary school in FCT and we would not accept anything short expect of the required standard.”
Responding, Principal of GGSS Dukpa and Vice President, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS),
Mrs. Fatima Muhammad, who subtly admitted that the principals had failed in many areas, also pleaded for forgiveness from FCT administration.
“ We are very sorry. We are ashamed that we have to be called upon today on this issue. We are promising you that we would change.
“We would also, take our turn to follow ourselves bombard to bombard so that we see to it that we rise up from the slumber,” she stated.