The management of Enugu State University of Technology, ESUT, Enugu, has terminated the employment of 153 lecturers.
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At the moment, no official reason has been given for the sack, however sources say the dismissal, cut across various departments in the institution.
One of the sack letters signed by the Registrar of the university, Leonard Khama and dated October 23, 2015, stated:
“I am directed to inform you and you are hereby informed that the university is presently not positioned to employ you.
“You should, therefore, hand over any university property in your possession to the Head of Department. If, however, your services are required in the future by the university, you will be informed accordingly.”
Some of the affected lecturers who spoke to newsmen in Enugu on Monday, under the aegis of the Disengaged Members of Staff of ESUT, said it was unjustifiable for the university to employ them in a bid to get accreditation from NUC only to sack them 7 months after without pay.
“In spite of the huge debts we have incurred in the process of living up to our responsibilities and keeping our jobs, no salary was paid to any of us between February and this month when we were employed.”
“The fruit of our employment have been felt in the vacuum we filled in classes and other academic exercises, but most evidently, we were used to get full NUC accreditation for many departments in the university.”
“Since our employment, we have discharged our academic duties diligently, which included lecturing, invigilating during examinations, marking of quizzes and examinations scripts, and preparation of results, as well as taking active part in June 2015 accreditation exercise,” they said.
The aggrieved lecturers also stated that they have written to the state Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, but are yet to get a response from him.
Meanwhile, the ESUT Director for Public Affairs, Mr. Ossy Uwoti has vowed that he would consult his principals on the issue.