The Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has ordered the suspension of the state’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Anne Odey for banning devotion in schools across the state.
It would be recalled that Odey had written to all private and public schools at primary and secondary levels across the state, suspending morning and afternoon devotions.
The said directive was alleged to have originated from the state Police Commissioner consequent upon security challenges confronting the nation.
However, Security Adviser to the governor, Jude Ngaji argued that the Governor was not aware of such directive.
The Security Adviser said, “It is true that police got intelligence information that Boko Haram were planning to bomb schools during morning devotion and therefore directed authorities in Ministry of Education to act fast.
“But the Permanent Secretary did not bother to revert to the governor or call for stakeholders’ meeting to that effect.
“So, the governor feels pained that she got such sensitive information without seeking for his advice and rather went ahead to issue a directive suspending morning devotions in private and public schools.
“In the light of the above, the governor has directed that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Anne Odey, be suspended forthwith while the ban has been lifted immediately as there is no instruction to that effect from the governor’s office.”