N12.5m WASSCE fee: Group accuses Plateau Rep of bias

A group in Miango Community in the Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, has accused the representative of Jos North/Bassa  in the House of Representatives, Haruna Maitala, of bias in  his disbursement of  N12. 5m   to pupils in  his constituency to  settle their West African Senior School Certificate Examination fees.

A national daily  on Friday quoted  Maitala   as saying the gesture was part of his educational empowerment initiatives to eradicate illiteracy from  the constituency and ensure development through education.

He  added that the beneficiaries were selected from  the wards in the constituency.

However, spokesman for the Miango Youths Development Association,  Mr Lawrence Zongo,  claimed   in a statement  on Wednesday   the lawmaker was  biased in his selection.

Zongo said, “After careful findings, it was discovered that only 30 got (money from the lawmaker) from the Bassa LGA and shared to three chiefdoms of Pengana, Rukuba and  Irigwe.

“The lawmaker  was bias in his disbursement and  no pupil from rural communities benefited from the scholarships.”

The group told Maitala to apologise to  his constituents  for his action, claiming some of the beneficiaries were not pupils.

Zongo said,  “It was also unfair that  stakeholders, traditional rulers and key state actors and non-state actors in the constituency were not carried along or aware of the disbursement.

“Those in authority must respect themselves and respect human rights at all levels.”
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