Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The provost of Nwafor Orizu College of Education Nsugbe in Anambra-east local government area of Anambra state is currently under fire, following a 90-day marching order given to the provost by lawmakers to reinstate disengage workers of the institution.
This is coming on the heels of a petition written to the state assembly for it to deploy its constitutional powers and prevail on the school management to enforce an age-long resolution of the house of assembly on an illegal and purported rationalisation and suspension of appointments of members of Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions.
Chairman Committee on Public Petitions of the Anambra State House of Assembly and member representing Orumba-North state constituency, Hon. Emeka Aforka, while presenting the report of the committee on the matter, disclosed that Cyprian Emeka Okoro, G.N. Osonwa, Joseph Amata and Emmanuel Nwagaluka had petitioned for themselves and 55 others of the aforestated union.
Aforka said that the petitioners prayed the House to prevail on the management of Nwafor Orizu College Of Education to implement the decision of the legislature dated 17th March, 2004.
He said that the committee discovered also that sometime in 2001, the governing council and management of the college embarked on a rationalisation exercise which saw the termination of appointments and suspension of the petitioners.
According to him, “The House of Assembly in their resolutions on the issue resolved inter alia on the 16th March, 2004 that the rationalisation by the college in November 2001, lacked criteria, guidelines and was unnecessary, punitive and should be cancelled or abrogated immediately.
“That the 55 undersigned members whose appointments were rationalised, should immediately assume duties unconditionally and their allowances and salaries seized since July 2001 till date, be paid to them.
“That the resolutions of the House of Assembly be implemented by the provost of the college not later than one month from the date of consideration being 16th March, 2004.
“That the above written resolutions have been in abeyance since the 17th day of March, 2004, notwithstanding that it was copied to the college through the office of the secretary to the state government.
“That the concerned 55 persons have sent numerous letters to the governing council of the college to implement the resolutions but to no avail.
“That the college management has no justification for ignoring or refusing to implement the resolutions since 2004.”
He said the committee however recommended that the college management having no reasonable justifications for not implementing the resolutions of the House of Assembly since 17th March, 2004 as well as the inability of the state government to issue any white paper in that regard, the 7th state assembly demanded that the said resolutions be implemented within 90 days.