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Hope rises for 63 disengaged staff of Ebonyi Varsity as committee begin sitting

By Charles Iwuoha, Enugu on 22/01/2019

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The Chairman, Exco Committee on Disengaged Ebonyi State University Staff, Sen. Emmanuel Onwe, yesterday assured the affected persons of positive resolution.

About 63 staff of the institution were laid off from service in December 2018 for violating the laws guiding the school.

Owne, who also the state commissioner for information and Orientation noted that sack of those employees is not connected to politics as insinuated by opposition party in the state.

He disclosed this in a public hearing organized by the committee at the mock parliament, Faculty of Political Sciences of Ebonyi State University on Monday.

Onwe, however, expressed satisfaction with the findings from the hearing, saying it will help the committee give an impartial report and necessary recommendations to the state government.

“All I can say is that we are going to be objective with all the presentations.

“We have seen the thoroughness with which the university did what they did; we have also seen the human impact; and we have also seen the individuals that came to throw more light to what happened. All of these things are the factors we are going to take into account and get to an objective impartiality, and at the same time give a compassionate report and recommendations to the Governor.

“His Excellency saw the necessity to set up this committee, so that nobody will go away feeling that they have been poorly treated.

“There is no political consideration in what we are doing, this committee was set up a long time ago, in fact, more than three weeks ago, there were circumstances that made us seek for extension of time, and that is why the hearing is taken place today.”

 Reacting to the insinuation by the major opposition party in the state that they were going to reinstate the disengaged staff of the university, he said: “If the opposition like, they will still loss election at all levels because they have nothing to offer.

“Anyone who thinks that Ebonyi State Government and the leader of PDP will degenerate wanting to appease a few staff members, they are less than one thousand just for the basis of political consideration, just know who the person the state Governor is. The election of the Governor is assured.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities Ebonyi State chapter NASU, Comrade Emmanuel Obo, expressed joy that Governor David Umahi kept to his promise and emphasised that the work of the committee, when concluded, will meet to his expectations.

“It will meet up my expectation, because I have been struggling for them to understand the mistake they did by terminating the job of the workers. Before his Excellency, on 16th of January, I appealed with him to look into this and my joy is that the committee he graciously set up has seen things for themselves, they interacted with the staff whose appointment were terminated, and I feel good because this is what I have been fighting for,” he said.

However, one of the affected persons, Rev. Dr Donatus Njoku, who doubles as the secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria, Ebonyi State chapter, emotionally described his case as a lion swallowing him, saying he was coerced by the panel, and finally asked him to produce his testimonial which he later did all for him to later receive a letter of disengagement.

Mr John Ugwu was laid off for multiple dates of births while Mrs Justina Nwode was for falsification which she narrated that all the staff audit committee asked her when they saw how sick she was, that she finished primary school at the age of eight years.

Source News Express

Posted 22/01/2019 10:09:07 AM

 

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