Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid urged the officials of the Directorate of Inspection and Audit (DIA) to limit their practice of receiving bribery and refrain from providing false reports about educational institutions.
He made the appeal while speaking at an event of laptop and certificate distribution among the DIA officials at the auditorium of Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE), popularly known as “Shikkha Bhaban” on Sunday.
He said: “DIA officials visit an educational institution and submit a good review on the institution in exchange for bribery.”
“I don’t have the guts to ask you not to take bribes, it would be meaningless.
Referring to the exchange of bribery everywhere, the minister said: “It is not only the officials who are thieves, but also the ministers. I am a thief too. This is the way of the world. But it has to be changed. “
However, when asked to explain his speech, which went viral in different social media by Sunday evening, Nahid replied: “Those who make such reports don’t understand words.”
"Once the officials used to receive excessive bribes and we warned them to get rid of this practice. We have been showing zero tolerance towards various corruptions including bribery."
“If people make reports of such a speech, one should better remain silent,” the minister added.
DIA Director Prof Ahmed Sazzad Rashid said that the minister did not really ask for taking bribes.
“He often makes fun and this was just an example of a previous practice,” Sazzad Rashid said.
Director General of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Dr SM Wahiduzzaman, Joint Secretary at Ministry of Education(Secondary and Higher Education) Shamim Al Razi and DIA Joint Director Bipul Chandra Sarker also spoke among others during the programme.
The article was first published in Bangla Tribune