Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed sadness at the dismissal of more than 300 lecturers and other staff at the Rivers State Polytechnic in Bori.
“The Rivers State Chapter of APC is sad to note Governor Nyesom Wike’s obsession to conduct a vengeful vendetta and reprisal against every good legacy left behind by his predecessor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi,”
Chris Finebone, APC State Publicity Secretary, stated.
Before Wike’s inauguration, which the APC is contesting, PDP had in April this year raised alarm that the management of the state Polytechnic was illegally employing people without going through due process.
However, Finebone said the employment of the 344 lecturers and staff by the Amaechi administration, which commenced as far back as 2013, followed all due process as they were taken through rigorous examinations and several documentations including biometric capture to ease their working life.
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The affected lecturers continue to insist that their recruitment followed due process, APC said.
“However, in a most shocking manner, Gov. Wike, a couple of days ago, mindlessly directed through the Rivers State Ministry of Education that the engagement of the 344 lecturers and other personnel be terminated in one fell swoop without a thought for what will become of those involved and their families and dependants,” Finebone said.
To confirm that the governor was out on a vendetta mission, he also directed that the Rector of the Polytechnic, Obiaanko Elechi to embark on a compulsory leave, added the official.
APC is contesting the election of Wike in a state previously viewed as its stronghold.
- CAJ News