Delta Govt. disowns 700 staff of tertiary schools

Ifeanyi Okowa, governor, Delta state.
Ifeanyi Okowa, governor, Delta state.

The Delta Government has disowned over 700 academic and non-academic staff of some tertiary institutions whose names were not in the state’s payroll.

The government said the staff were illegally employed.

The state’s Commissioner for Higher Education, Jude Sinebe, announced this at a news conference in Asaba on Wednesday.

The commissioner said there was no provision for such employment before the staff were engaged.

“In tertiary institutions, we don’t just employ workers for the sake of employment. We only employ when there is a need for such workers.

“This issue can be likened to a case of illegal employment and I can tell you that it is not only in the Delta Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku; we have similar cases at the State Colleges of Education in Agbor and Warri.

“The affected staff were employed out of the institutions’ statutory provisions. The system that we operate does not recognise them as our staff, as such we cannot pay them”, Mr. Sinebe said.

The commissioner explained that many of the schools went out of their ways to employ the affected staff without recourse to approval from the state government.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that many of those employed between 2013 and 2015, were lecturers, technicians, information officers, clerical officers and messengers.

(NAN)


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  • Jesutega Onokpasa, Esq.

    Start the discussion…Okowa, the Sack-Master General of Delta has done it again. It is clear that Okowa is determined to make as much money as Ibori and Uduaghan made in government. In his diabolical insistence on pocketing our common patrimony for himself and his family, he forgets that while such humongous amount of money is simply not available to be stolen at present, the anti-corruption ethos of the current era is completely inconsistent with the sort of wholesale lifting of public funds that was the norm during the Ibori/Uduaghan years.

    It is most unfortunate that we are stuck with a Governor with a predatory approach to governance. Okowa is the heartless medical doctor turned politician quite prepared to throw countless Deltans into the unemployment market so he can misappropriate the funds with which he should be paying their salaries. This is a Governor still in his first term yet due to his greed and lack of conscience, he has already revealed his true colours while telling the rest of us to go to hell. If we are foolhardy enough to allow this man to return for a second term, he will roast Deltans alive! If only O’tega was our Governor! 2019, where art thou? Hurry up, hurry up, please!