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Covid-19 lockdown: We are in great suffering, pains, disengaged EKSU staff cry out

…beg well-meaning Nigerians to urgently come to their aid, say lockdown has worsened their condition.

The disengaged staff of the Ekiti State University under the alleged irregularities in appointment categories have cried out to well-meaning individuals  and Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) in and outside the state (NGOS) to urgently come to their aid to alleviate the sufferings and untold  hardship their families have been subjected since the tragic incident last December , 2019.

It will be recalled that almost 1000 staff members of University were disengaged on alleged cases of falsification of age, certificate forgery, irregular appointments, over aged, among others by the Governing Council and Prof Edward Olanipekun led Management. Olanipekun is the University’s Vice-Chancellor.

Meanwhile, the 2016 set alleged of irregular appointment have cried out, alleging that the University Management had left them out in order to fill their vacancies with preferred job seekers.

The disengaged staff who claimed that they have clean records and were legally employed by the University’s Council further sought legal action against the Management of the school.

Claiming further that legal counsel to the University Management, Dayo Akinlaja, had absolved them of any misconduct in his reply to their own legal counsel, the disengaged staff in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday said:

“It was later discovered that the purported disengagement was done with hatred for 2016 set especially through the manner at which the management led by Prof Edward Olanipekun handled the matter after the reports/ outcomes of the screening committee and appeal panel

constituted played the sinister scripts of the vice Chancellor:   the mild dramas displayed by the panelists was a clear case of coup plotted against the 2016 employed staff that were alleged of irregularities in appointments despite that these innocent workers were duly employed whereas many of those in categories of age falsification, certificate forgery etc were reinstated with no stress.

” However, the management blatantly refused to look into those alleged of irregularities even with clean records/ credentials and unjustly disengaged which was attested to through replies of the school lawyer Dayo Akinlaja(SAN) ;in this reply which he absolved the innocent workers of any offense.

 “All the efforts of the poor workers and their pleas to the Management to reconsider the matter fell on their deaf ears.

Daily Sun checks revealed that the disengaged staff are currently experiencing serious and untold economic hardship as they can no longer feed their families especially with the lockdown the state is currently experiencing as a result of Coronavirus pandemic.

The 236 unlawfully sacked workers are now appealing to the well-meaning individuals in the society and NGOs to come to their aid in any form in order to be able to cater for the needs of their immediate families and defendants.

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Ilesanmi Adekanbi

Ilesanmi Adekanbi is a Journalist by profession. He has been working in the Nigeria media industry for the past 6 years. He holds several professional certificates. contact me on email: [email protected]

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