By Temitayo Peters
OrderPaperToday – The Lagos State House of Assembly has summoned the state Tutor-General and Permanent Secretaries of Education Districts in the state to appear before it on Thursday to explain why they refused to honour several invitations to appear before its Committee on Education.
The House decided to summon them at plenary today after listening to the Chairman of the Education Committee, Mr. Lanre Ogunyemi, about series of invitation to them which were ignored.
Ogunyemi alleged that the Tutor Generals/Permanent Secretaries have continued to treat the assembly with disdain, disrespect and disregard “by failing to appear before the committee after several invitations and even during the budget defence they refused to show up but only sent their Directors.”
All the lawmakers who reacted to Ogunyemi’s claim condemned the attitude of the Tutor Generals/Permanent Secretaries wondering why people who are supposed to enforce discipline will display such indiscipline.
They all agreed that the action of Tutor-Generals amounted to disrespect for the legislature, and that they should be invited to explain their attitude.
Stating his position on the matter, Mr. Segun Olulade, representing Epe Constituency 11, stated that “their action amounts to insurbodination, disrespect and disregard and cannot be tolerated by this House. They should be invited to tell us why they should still remain in their positions with this type of misbehaviour.”
Although the Deputy Majority Leader, Mr. Olumuyiwa Jimoh would have preferred instant sanctions against the senior teachers, he however, said, “but on the principle of fair hearing, we should invite them, but it is clear they deserve sanctions.”
Also contributing to the debate, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa pointed out that the law of the House established the Office of Tutor General/Permanent Secretary “just to make them proud, so that not only the main civil service becomes Permanent Secretary, and for them to feel that there is pride being a teacher and also spur them to do more.
“So it is important to invite them to hear their reasons why they decided to ignore the committee of the House”, Obasa said, just as he subsequently told the Clerk of the House to invite the Tutor Generals and Permanent Secretaries to appear before the House on Thursday.