Fayemi Confirms Pre-election Fears of Ekiti Workers

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  • Orders the sack of Senior Administrative Staff in the State College of Education
  • Governing Council Chairman hints on mass retrenchment

 

•BY AYODELE ABERE in Ado-Ekiti•

Palpable fear and confusion engulfed the Ekiti State-owned College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti on Monday following the untimely retirement of five Senior Administrative members of staff of the institution by its Governing Council on the orders of the state governor and Visitor to the College, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

Impeccable sources revealed that no cogent reason was given for their compulsory retirement other than their positions had been scrapped.

The affected members of staff were in the rank of Senior Deputy Registrar and Senior Deputy Bursar. Our sources revealed that the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), the regulatory agency for all Colleges of Education in Nigeria had in 2016, elongated the Administrative Officer and Accountant’s cadres to level 15 and which was approved for implementation in the College by the then Governing Council and the affected staff were consequently promoted to the position of Senior Deputy Registrars and Senior Deputy Bursar respectively.

It would be recalled that the state government constituted visitation panels to tertiary institutions in the state in November 2018 and the Yemisi Obilade led panel to the College made recommendations to the government.

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A reliable source further disclosed that the Chairman of the institution’s Governing Council, Chief Afolabi Ojuawo brazenly boasted last week that he has the express permission of Mr Governor to prune down the workforce by all means and that the Council would soon embark on staff audit in order to find a basis to further downsize.

A member of staff who spoke under condition of anonymity lamented that the College was heading for doom as some of the best hands and highly experienced staff had just been sent packing without committing any offence under the guise of Ojuawo’s sinister restructuring at the behest of Fayemi.

Rumours were rife in the build-up to the July 14 gubernatorial election last year that Fayemi was coming on a mission of vendetta and the development at the state-owned College of Education suggests that the insinuation is manifesting as there are feelers that the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, College of Health Sciences, Ijero and the local government workers may soon taste the bitter pills. Our correspondent learnt that some of the affected staff are still below the age of 50 years and may not be able to earn a pension for now.

Meanwhile, the authorities of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti have reacted to information trending purportedly accusing Governor Fayemi of ordering the sack of members of staff of the institution describing it as untrue. According to the College authorities, there was no time the state governor ever gave such orders either expressly or impliedly.

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The institution’s authorities maintained that the services of its workforce are invaluable and strategic to the repositioning of the College for greater service delivery.

The College authorities reiterated that the institution has enjoyed enormous support of the state government in improving its fortunes and therefore assured all staff of the institution of job security.




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