Mass sack in Ambrose Alli University: Over 90 workers kicked out
By Jethro Ibileke
The interim management of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo State, has reportedly sacked over 90 staff.
It was gathered that out of the 90 staff sacked, 20 are academic staff while the other 70 staff are non-academic.
The sack letters given to the affected staff members cited “repositioning the University” as reason for their disengagement.
One of the letters sighted by our correspondent reads: “In repositioning the University, the Management of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, writes to convey to you the decision of the Special Intervention Team ( S.I.T) of your disengagement from the services of the University with effect from March 10, 2023.
“You will be paid all your entitlements in line with the provision of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma Staff Regulations and Scheme of Service.
“By a copy of this letter, the Bursary Department is directed to process your entitlements, subject to your clearance of any indebtedness to the University.
“You are kindly advised to submit all University property (ies) in your possession to your Head of Department on the receipt of this letter.
“The Management of the University sincerely thank you for your past services and wish you success in your future endeavour.”
One of the affected staff who did not want his name mentioned in print, confirmed the development.
According to him, “…it is true that I was given a letter of disengagement in the disguise of repositioning the University.
“The truth is, it is because of the last protest embarked on by ASUU, NASU and SSANU, saying I was part of it. This is a true example of a government under the leadership of a tyrant.
“The government of Edo State under the leadership of Governor Godwin Obaseki who refused to pay us for months is coming now to sack us for protesting for our rights. If it is not for the protest, what is our offence?” He victim queried.
It would be recalled that the 11-man Edo State House of Assembly under the leadership of the Speaker, Marcus Onobun in 2021 approved Governor Godwin Obaseki’s request to set up Special Intervention Team.
The action was, however, resisted by the University’s branch of ASUU, NASU and SSANU, saying, the S.I.T. was aimed at sacking “the hard-working staff of the University.”
In one of one of its meeting in 2022, Benin Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), faulted Governor Godwin Obaseki, on the administration of the state-owned Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, without Governing Council, describing the government’s idea as alien to university administration globally.