Ishmael Omolade, the Principal of Ogor Technical College, Otor-Ogor, Ughelli South in Delta state, has been directed to make a refund of N11 million being monies illegally collected from students in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 academic sessions into the state coffers of the state.
Omolade has been removed as principal of the school for corruption and posted to the headquarters of Technical and Vocational Education Board in Asaba where he is awaiting disciplinary procedures against him which will include his early exit from the service.
In a statement from the Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education in Asaba, the state government said it also sanctioned 15 other persons involved in the collection of unauthorized levies from students in public primary and secondary schools across the state.
According to the statement, the sanctions are in line with the findings of a board of enquiry set up by the ministry whose reports have been approved by the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.
The statement read, "Mr. Ishmael Omolade, has been removed as the Principal of Ogor Technical College, Otor-Ogor, he is to refund the sum of N11,124,800.00 being monies illegally collected from students in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 academic sessions and have been posted to the headquarters of Technical and Vocational Education Board in Asaba.
"In addition, normal disciplinary procedures are to be initiated for his early exit from the service very quickly. Also, the principals of the five other Technical Colleges in the state are to be issued letters of warning for engaging in illegal collection of levies from students and to forestall future occurrence, they are to refund the amounts illegally collected from students and examination candidates to them."