Nigerians have reacted to the mass sacking of nearly 1000 staff by the Ekiti State University (EKSU). A list of the affected staff is currently making the rounds on social media; prompting diverse reactions from Nigerians.
Indeed, EKSU, a government-owned tertiary institution is currently embroiled in unrest over the mass retrenchment.
Also, most of the affected workers are staff employed between 2016 and 2018.
Meanwhile, the sacked workers were relieved of their duties for a number of reasons. They include alleged irregular appointments and discrepancies in certificates. Others include failure to possess requisite certificates from the primary level and falsification of age, among other offences.
Subsequently, the affected workers had staged a protest on Tuesday, December 10 which disrupted activities in the institution.
Equally important, the decision to lay off the affected staff was taken by the University Council.
Vice-Chancellor, EKSU, Prof. Edward Olanipekun, had disclosed that the decision of the university council followed adoption of the audit report carried out by a group of external auditors. The report was adopted on Thursday, December 5th.
Furthermore, the Vice-Chancellor had revealed that the decision would save nearly N200m for the university on a monthly basis. Olanipekun disclosed this while addressing journalists on the resolution of the council meeting in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
Speaking to journalists, Olanipekun had identified the various infractions which led to the selection of the sacked workers.
EKSU VC lists infractions of sacked workers
“There were some ghost workers whose names were found on the university payroll; without being on the university nominal role. Some members of staff presented falsified birth and educational certificates.
“Some of the members of staff lacked the required basic educational qualification. Also, some members of staff were illegally retained in the university services; after having been due to retire. There are other cases of over aged staff.’’
In addition, he disclosed that 228 members of staff could not produce or show evidence of Primary School Leaving Certificate.
Also, spokesman of the University, Bode Olofinmuagun, disclosed that the Government White Paper on the Report of the Visitation Panel to the university; had noted among other things; that there was over staffing, redundancy and personnel misalignment in virtually all the sections of the university.
Further, he said the anomaly had astronomically increased the wage bill of the university beyond its capacity to pay.
Nigerians react on Twitter
Meanwhile, Nigerians have taken to the micro-blogging site Twitter to express their thoughts on the mass sack. However, the reactions range from the serious to the hilarious.
— Dave Graphics___P.K (@Dave_ReemZy) December 11, 2019
Ekiti state University sacks more than 619 staff who allegedly were illegally employed in the varsity between 2016-17.
There ought to be better ways to handle this than do this at this time, at the eve of Yuletide ????#EksuSacked1000Lecturers
— AURA❤️COOL (@TWEETORACLE) December 11, 2019
Only I cannot see this ?
— Ekiti No. 1 Shawarma Plug (@iMotivateAfrica) December 10, 2019
It's actually very sad and I feel sorry for the real ones amongst them.
Where would they start from?
What to do?
This could even throw them into depression cause most of them got children too not to talk of bills
Lastly December is here ? ?
— Tósìn (@Ogloyal1) December 10, 2019
— Alaga council ?? (@tolecy) December 11, 2019
The lecturer that seized my iPhone 7 and told me to come back for it after exam has been sacked
— vindy_alawode (@alawodeandre) December 10, 2019