Ilorin - Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara has ordered the immediate reinstatement of all the sacked 170 members of staff of the College of Education (COED), Ilorin, an official has said.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Isiaka Gold, disclosed this in a release issued on Thursday in Ilorin.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 170 junior level and middle level members of staff of the institution were issued sack letters on Friday, November 1.
The SSG said the governor took the step after it was discovered that the Governing Council of the college failed to follow due process in its action.
He, therefore, directed the college’s Provost, Dr Isiaq Opobiyi, to forward all the names of the affected workers to his office.
NAN reports that the affected workers had embarked on a protest march to the governor’s office to complain about their sack, and had appealed to him to intervene.
Speaking to newsmen during the march, some of the sacked workers had said many of them were married with families and have other dependants.
One of the affected workers, who pleaded anonymity, said majority of the sacked workers were from the Registry Department of the institution.
He said many of them were employed as casual workers for up to seven to nine years before they were converted to temporary members of staff on December 21, 2011.
"Just a month to the confirmation of our appointments, we were handed sack letters.
"But Government White Paper on the report of the visitation panel had earlier advised the government not to sack any worker for now,’’ the affected worker said.
A copy of the report made available to NAN indicate that there should be no employment, retrenchment or replacement of workers in the institution for at least three years.
According to the white paper, government had rejected the recommendation that the college should reduce the size of the college’s members of staff through retrenchment.