NUC faults sack of 153 ESUT lecturers

NUC faults sack of 153 ESUT lecturers

By Larry Onwuta

The Nigeria University Commission (NUC) has faulted the alleged disengagement of 153 lecturers Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) lecturers.

Reformist Newspaper was reliably informed that the affected university teachers were sacked by ESUT authorities  shortly after using them to scale last accreditation exercise of some of its faculties and departments.

The Director of Information and Public Relations of the NUC, Mallam Ibrahim Yakassai, while confirming the withdrawal of the accreditation of faculties and departments said that the NUC under the Executive Secretary, Professor Julius Okojie frowned at a situation where some universities hired and sacked lecturers immediately after using them (lecturers) to get accreditation from the Commission.

Malam Yakassai acknowledged that the Commission received several petitions from the dismissed lectures from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology over their alleged wrongful dismissal from service.
“Following the series of petitions from the disengaged staff of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, the NUC on February 12, 2016 withdrew accreditation of Mass Communication, Engineering, Psychology and some other departments. The NUC cannot sit down and watch such ugly development “, he said.

In a Save Our Soul letter sent to the NUC through their legal practitioner, B. N Ugwu which was made available to journalists in Enugu, the affected lecturers which cut across all departments in the institution had alleged that they were intimidated, and unlawfully disengaged by the University authorities.

The petitioners has it this way, “Sometime in May, 2015, the authorities of ESUT under the headship of Professor Cyprian Onyeji advertised and offered employment to about 153 eligible applicants who scaled through in the pre-employment interviews and screening to different
departments and faculties of the university”
In their words: “Since our employment in May, 2015, none of us had been paid salaries notwithstanding that we played our roles in teaching, setting examinations invigilating, markings papers, supervision of projects and submission of result which enabled ESUT to access, promote and graduate deserving students accordingly”

“We can now realize that the essence of our employment was for the university to pass the 2015 NUC accreditation. It is sad that we have been dumped after being used for the accreditation exercise”, they stated.
According to them, the Authorities of ESUT immediately after serving them with the purported letter of disengagement from service alleged back dated it to October, 2015, before moving to advertise for their replacement.

“We cry wolf and shudder at this level of intimidation, indiscriminate and unlawful sack and disengagement aimed at short-changing our dreams and aspirations. We are law abiding citizens of Nigerians”
“ESUT authorities are skimming presently to employ new staff/lecturers to fill our vacancies. The ESUT authorities sooner or later will approach the NUC to demand for fresh accreditation visit to renew their respective department accreditation based on the purported new lecturers that the institution is plotting to recruit at our
detriment”
“We are confident that the Commission’s whip is potent enough to caution, correct, guide and direct any erring university authority in the country. The change regime of President Muhammed Buahri is a legacy, more importantly as the government frowns against corruption, un-patriotism, and their likes”, they noted.

Contacted, the ESUT Director of Communication, Ossy Ugwuoti, said he was not competent to comment on the matter until he gets clearance from his principal.

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