The Permanent Secretary of Cross River state’s Ministry of Education, Anne Odey, who was responsible for the issuance of a statement, last week, that all forms of devotions in schools across the state were prohibited has been given an indefinite suspension.
Confirming the development, 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 added that the governor is a strong believer in God and will not do anything that will prevent people from worshiping God.