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There were palpable tensions in Aba, the commercial nerve of the Southern region of Nigeria over the rumours making the rounds that the management of Abia Polytechnic, Aba has resolved to sack about 589 staff from the academic and non-academic staff units.

There were palpable tensions in Aba, the commercial nerve of the Southern region of Nigeria over the rumours making the rounds that the management of Abia Polytechnic, Aba has resolved to sack about 589 staff from the academic and non-academic staff units.


According to inside school sources, those penciled down for dismissal were accused of discrepancies in age and academic qualifications, adding that their matters were difficult to be swept under the carpet in line with the operation flush corruption campaign in the state. The story has it that trouble started when the management through the Rector, Prof. Ezionye Eboh received a memo from the Abia seat of power, Umuahia demanding for the reports of the committee that investigated the matter of to be sacked staff and subsequent recommendations.
Upon receiving the reports, Nigeria Moment learnt that the governor acted immediately based on the recommendations and approved the sacking of the affected personnel and replaced them immediately with fresh employees. It was gathered that while other stakeholders in the education sector including the commissioner were busy consulting to avoid the matter blowing out of proportions, the Rector, Eboh had solely finished the replacement, conducted and concluded secret interviews and at the same time forwarded their names to the Government House for the governor's assent. The Rector also gave them Monday Feb. 12, 208 to resume work which caused stir in the state. But the Rector's intrigues met waterloo. The protesting workers posited that it was unfortunate that while they were at Umuahia the state capital where they took their grievances to the governor, some of the government functionaries asked them to pay fresh N2,500 which they called tagged “verification fee” when they have not been paid for months.
Other fisticuffs started when the unions discovered the number of workers in the terminal lists, hence in solidarity, consequently shut down the Polytechnic, arguing that due process was not followed. They equally called on the governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu not to accept the proposal of the Rector and allow the status quo to remain by reinstating the already sacked workers whose names have been made public without going through the public service procedure with the view that Abia is not a lawless state.  The situation has generated a lot of tensions in the area as academic activities in the school have been paralyzed and government had allegedly deployed security agencies to forestall breakdown of law and order within the commercial city of Aba.

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