‘It’s Counter Productive’ – Kogi East Elders Frown At Sacking Of 135 Varsity Lecturers

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Kogi East Elders Council (KEEC) has described the sack of 135 lecturers of Kogi State University Anyigba has unhealthy.

In a communique issued at the end of a recent meeting of the Council, the elders said the action of Kogi state government is inimical to progress and orderly development of the institution.

The communique was signed by KEEC Chairman, Senator Ahmadu Ali; the Deputy Chairman, Arc. Gabriel Aduku and Mr. Alphonsus Alhassan, the General Secretary.

The council expressed concern over the lingering crises between ASUU Kogi State University chapter and the Government of Kogi State.

The council therefore requested that Government immediately review the action by granting an unconditional pardon to the affected staff in order to create a conducive environment for teaching, learning and research.

“Council is of the opinion that the proscription of ASUU-KSU chapter was irrational because it would not solve the crises rather it would aggravate it,” they said.

KEEC expresses the fear that the institution risk losing accreditation of many of its current academic programs as well as its enviable position as number one among State universities and number seven overall during the 2011 institutional accreditation by the National Universities Commission.

The communique also called for speedy conclusion of the screening exercise that was adjudged the longest in history of Nigeria.

It frowned at the situation whereby civil servants are owed salaries of 12 months and more inspire of the bailout funds and Paris club refund received by the State Government.

“The Kogi East elders council is dissatisfied with the current state of security plaguing the State as political thugery appear to be on the rise tacitly and implicitly orchestrated by the style of administration.

“The KEEC call on the Federal and State Government to look into the current indefinite strike action embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress, Kogi State chapter”

The council called on the APC-led Federal Government to prevail on Governor Bello to tow the path of industrial peace and and harmony for good governance in Kogi State.

In its reaction through the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Edward Onoja, government said the industrial crises that engulfed Kogi State University (KSU) Anyigba saw ASUU members refuse to teach for 7 months while Government remained obligate to pay, salaries and did pay for the duration.

He indicated that the plight of the stranded students of KSU degenerated to a point at which Government was ultimately forced to proscribe the activities of ASUU in KSU in order to bring much needed succour to the institution.

According to him, academic staff of KSU who failed to resume normal duties after the proscription came into effect were disengaged by Government and the process of replacing them with other qualified persons was almost concluded.

The Government assured KEEF and all Kogites that KSU can only come our of this process stronger and better positioned to retain her primacy among functional tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

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