Cross Rivers state permanent secretary of state, ministry of education last week suspended all forms of morning devotion in schools all over the state. The rationale for this action being that the state police commissioner had informed the state’s ministry of education of a possible attack by Boko Haram members during the designated time for these devotions.
The Cross Rivers state government has however frowned at this development and have hence suspended the permanent secretary of the state’s ministry of education for making the decision without consulting the state governor. Speaking to newsmen, the State Security Adviser (SSA) to Governor Ben Ayade, Jude Ngaji said;
“The governor has directed that the permanent secretary be suspended indefinitely while the ban on suspension of devotion has been lifted immediately. It is true that police got intelligence information that Boko Haram is planning to bomb schools during morning devotions and therefore directed authorities in the Ministry of Education to act fast.
But the permanent secretary did not bother to refer to the governor or call for stakeholders‘ meeting to that effect.
So, the governor feels pained that the permanent secretary got such sensitive information without seeking for his advice and went ahead to issue directive suspending morning devotions in schools,” he said.