Wike Sacks 344 Lecturers, Others

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GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, on Thursday, June 18, ordered the sack of 344 lecturers and others employed for the Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori-Ogoni, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area. The victims were employed by the Chibuike Amaechi administration in September, last year.

Innocent Ogbonna, public relations officer, PRO, of the polytechnic, who confirmed the sack of the lecturers, also disclosed that Obiano Elechi, rector of the institution, had been sent on his terminal leave two weeks ago on the instruction of the state government.

Ogbonna said: “The recent employment exercise we had at the Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori has been cancelled. The process used in employing them was such that the government needs to review. As we speak now that process has already been terminated by the incumbent government.

“As it stands now, they don’t have any job with the Polytechnic now; that is the truth, more so when they are yet to start work before the process was dissolved.”

Speaking on the same issue, Opunabo Inko-Tariah, special adviser and publicity to Wike, argued that the employment of the affected staff did not follow due process and that it was done in a hurry. “Until the irregularities are cleared, they remain sacked. The rector of Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori, was asked to proceed on compulsory leave, because of official misconduct under investigation. The rector must be on compulsory leave, pending the outcome of the investigations,” Inko-Tariah said.

Meanwhile, the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned the sack. Chris Finebone, publicity secretary of the party in the state, asked Wike to desist from punishing “innocent Rivers people, in his bid to get at Amaechi.”

— Jun 29, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT

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