- The management of the Ebonyi State University sacks adjunct lecturers of the school who have overstayed in the university and others for allegedly falsifying their age certificates
- Patrick Itumo, the public relations officer of the university, says the lecturers were laid off after an audit report was submitted by a committee set up to verify credentials of workers of the institution
- The management of the institution urges students who have suffered sexual harassment from lecturers to come forward
The management of Ebonyi State University (EBSU) has laid off 63 lecturers for allegedly engaging in various infractions such as certificate forgery, extortion and sexual harassment among others.
Patrick Itumo, the public relations officer of the university, told Premium Times on Thursday, December 6, that among those sacked were adjunct lecturers of the school who had overstayed in the university. He said others were sacked for allegedly falsifying their age certificates and other relevant credentials.
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Itumo said the lecturers were laid off after an audit report was submitted by a committee set up to verify credentials of workers of the institution.
They are not over 300 as being speculated. As I speak to you, they are 63 in number that have been disengaged,” he said.
“There is this audit report that was brought out from where these people were disengaged, 63 of them. Some of them have age discrepancies in their records. Some people obtained doubtful First School Leaving certificates; some obtained their WAEC before their First School Leaving certificates.
“There are people who should have retired at the age of 65 or 70 years and they are still in service and also some adjunct professors who come from various places whose contracts has been reviewed up to five times."
The management of the institution urged students who have suffered sexual harassment from lecturers to come forward. It said such students will be protected from victimisation.
Meanwhile, the minister of labour and empowerment, Chris Ngige, on Wednesday, December 5, said he would hold a meeting with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities to find a lasting solution to issues leading to the ongoing strike embarked upon by the union.
Ngige stated that every policy of the government was supported by the provision of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
He also maintained that while ILO backed strike, it also recognised provision to withhold wages, Punch reports.
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