Dismissed Enugu College lecturers petition Governor Mbah for reinstatement

The 94 dismissed lecturers of Enugu State College of Education, Technical (ESCET) have petitioned Gov. Peter Mbah for reinstatement.

The group made the appeal in a letter to Mbah signed by Dr Egbo Doris, Dr Njideka Frank, and others, which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Enugu.

The group stated in a letter headlined “A passionate appeal to reconsider staff disengagement at Enugu State College of Education (Technical) Enugu” that if nothing was done, their disengagement would cause immeasurable hardships for their families.

In October 2023, Mbah formed a seven-member investigative team to look into possible fraud and corruption in the school.

According to them, they wrote to the governor as responsible and dedicated indigenes of Enugu State who were employed at ESCET on Oct. 22, 2021. They stated that on Feb. 26, they received the distressing news of their disengagement from service which was communicated to them through the Acting Registrar of the school, Mr Pat Aneke.

Aneke informed them he took directives from the Government Implementation Committee, to deliver the disengagement message to the affected staff.

While appealing to Mbah for reconsideration and reinstatement, the group said: “Our dedication to the educational growth of the school has been top-notch.

“It is only our set and Alvan Ikoku College of Education Owerri, that were successful in the whole of the South East in the 2023 TETFAIR programme. We believe that the sudden termination of our employment does not accurately reflect our contributions.

“It was only this set, disengaged since the establishment of ESCET, that was able to attract international education grant for further research work to continue improving on the quality of education in Nigeria.”

They disclosed that they were special hybrid and highly intellectual academicians that had been working for the institution on how to increase Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) through different research engagement for the school before their disengagement.

According to the group, upon their employment, they remained dedicated and committed to the growth of the college and never deterred from discharging their duties in spite of irregular payment of staff salary.

“It is equally sad to state that two of our colleagues lost their pregnancies at their duty post, right inside the examination hall while selflessly and diligently serving the institution as invigilators.

“May the blood of those innocent babies be enough atonement and cry for justice on behalf of all the disengaged staff.”

“It is quite unfortunate that both the Investigation and Implementation Committees set up to look into the various challenges of the ESCET, never deemed it fit to have a word or two with any of us.

“We strongly believe that the challenges of the institution could be tackled without depleting the already understaffed institution.“After our employment, proper documentation was done and regularization, through verification of our documents for relevance and our names were duly added in ESCET Payroll.”

They equally alleged that they were being owed cumulatively to the tune of 13 months of salary arrears and “you can imagine the excruciating pain, and rude shock this sad news triggered on us.

“We are those fathers, mothers, aunties, uncles, sisters, brothers, who have found out excuses explaining to our children, and families, why lunch and dinner are no longer available on the table.” (NAN)