Abia: Proprietors asking teachers to surrender share of FG survival fund

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The Abia State Government has warned school proprietors against asking beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s N75 billion Survival Fund to surrender their share to their schools.

The Abia State Project Delivery Office of the Federal Government’s 75 Billion Naira Survival Fund, gave the warning after receiving reports that some school proprietors in the state were requesting their staff who benefitted from the N30,000 Payroll Support fund to return some part or all of it to the school management.

It warned that anybody caught in the unlawful act would be decisively dealt with.

According to the office, “the programme is being strictly monitored by all security and anti-corruption agencies and in Abia we do not and will not tolerate any malfeasance or extortion.”

In a press release signed by the Abia State Focal Person for the Federal Social Investment Programmes, Mr. Chinenye Nwaogu, it warned perpetrators of the act to desist from it immediately or face prosecution.

The statement read in part, “Some have even gone to the ridiculous level of engaging lawyers to issue ultimatum to these beneficiaries. It is pertinent to state that management of benefiting private organisations were told clearly that the funds belonged completely to the staff they nominated as their salary support for the 3 months period.

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“At the Abia SIP Office we have maintained the highest degree of integrity in the administration of these programmes for which we have received national accolades, nobody will be allowed to tarnish the hard earned reputation of the Abia SIP Office.

“We therefore enjoin any person who has received such threatening letter or request to forward same to [email protected] as we are already compiling the complaints received in the Abia State Social Investment Programme Office, for necessary action”.

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