By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Piqued by the lackadaisical attitude of Management of Federal Universities over the judgement of an Industrial Court to reinstate all the sacked teachers of the Staff schools across the country, the concerned group has appealed the Federal Government to prevail on the university authorities to reinstate affected teachers.
This was contained in an open letter addressed to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo a copy of which was made available newsmen in Lokoja.
The teachers of staff schools in federal Universities were laid of via a policy of the government in December 2015.
“Thanks to God Almighty for the way and manner in which you are steering the ship of the country. Our fervent prayers for the administration is to see you succeed on all the cardinal programmes of the government. We find it necessary to bring our plight.”
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) engaged the Federal government on legal battle over the matter at National Industrial Court,Abuja and on the 5th of December,2016 the judgment was delivered in favour of SSANU.
The judgement categorically stated that all sacked staff be recalled with immediate effect and all outstanding salaries and allowances be paid forthwith.
The affected staff however gave kudos to the government for accepting the verdict,stressing that 6 months after the staff are yet to be recalled, the outstanding salaries and allowances are not paid.
They added that It is now exactly 18 months since they were all forcefully pushed out of job, noting that they have been subjected all forms hardship.
“Sir,some of the affected staff are now dead. Some are terminally ill.Spouses of some of the affected STAFF had died due to their inability to pay for medical bills. Our children are out of school. We had been ejected by our Landlords! We are now beggars. We are suffering.
“Sir.Many of the affected staff are now walking corpses. We do not know who to approach. We are hopefully hopeless.Some affected staff are drifting towards depression. Our appeal to you sir, as the father of the Nation, is to look into the case and restore our hope.
“We are living in abject poverty and tattered penury hoping that we will one day, be recalled, our salaries restored and our dignity as parents to our familes be re- assured.Thanking you in anticipation of your prompt action on the matter,” they posited.
See the copy of the letter below: