We have no choice than to sack workers - FUTA VC

By The Citizen

The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola has declared that the institution had no alternative but to sack teachers of the university's staff primary school, since the directive came from the federal government.

The staff school teachers who were members of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Senior Staff Association of the Nigerian Universities last week protested against the decision of the varsity to disengage their members, alleging that the VC was insensitive to their case and ccording to them, no other varsity had carried out the directive.

Daramola who addressed journalists on Monday at the Senate Building of the institution, stated that he could not help the situation by converting many of the affected teachers to lecturers in the university, saying 'if we accommodate them they would be regarded as ghost workers by the federal government.'

The VC said, 'We have no choice than to implement the directives of the federal government because the 2016 allocation does not include their salaries, some schools have also implemented it before us, for instance Usman Don Fodio, Sokoto and UNILAG have implemented it.

The FUTA boss, who insisted that there was no going back in the disengagement of the workers, stated that another set of teachers had been employed to take up the jobs in the school, following the refusal of the sacked teachers to re-apply.

'We have held several meetings with the SSANU and NASU in this school, appealing to them to tell the teachers to re-apply but they refused. Many eminent personalities in the state had talked to them, yet they refused to re-apply.

'If they had agreed to re-apply, we were ready to accommodate all of them but it is late now, because we have employed other people,' Daramola explained.

However, in his reaction, the Chairman of NASU, FUTA Chapter, Comrade Adebayo Aladerotohun insisted that no university in the country had implemented the directive of the federal government to sack workers except FUTA.

He said that the institution had recruited another set of teachers without following due process, alleging that the VC made the recruitment to favour his people as he allegedly employed only his relatives.