17th June, 2015
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
The gale of sacking in Rivers State has predictably started with the immediate termination of appointments of 344 employees made up lecturers and non-academic staff of Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori.
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state had in April this year raised alarm that the management of the state Polytechnic was illegally employing people without going through due process.
According to PDP in a statement issued by its state Chairman, Felix Obuah, the party had described as frightening, illegal employment in Rivers State Polytechnic Bori, where about 500 people have been secretly employed without due process.
“The chairman, Rivers State Civil Service Commission, Mr. Ngo Martins-Yellow and the 23 Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairmen are also secretly employing thousands of persons to swell the number of civil servants in government employ and councils, so that the incoming PDP government will battle with the alarming wage bill.
“PDP appreciates the employment of Rivers people, but such employment must follow due process, must not be partisan and without hidden agenda.
Frowning at this uncalled for, and criminal act by political aides to the governor in connivance with some senior officials of government, Obuah said “Change of guards in governance is a normal tradition and does not mean the end of government or discontinuation of political leadership in the state.”
Speculations are rife that Governor Nyesom Wike may start the process of sacking over 13, 200 teachers engaged by former Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi more than a year ago to teach in primary and secondary.