The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello of recruiting Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) holders to replace sacked 150 lecturers of the Kogi State University.
According to a statement by Prof Ike Odimegwu, the zonal coordinator of the Owerri zone, he accused the Governor of taking actions capable of destroying the Nigerian University Education ridiculing her certificates in the global community.
Odimegwu said, “This arrogant display of power and abuse of office by Mr. Yahaya Bello speaks volume about the extent to which some political office holders could go to crush perceived opposition in their bid to emasculate and enslave Nigerians so as to fulfil their ambition towards destroying the public education system.
“After the sack of the over 150 seasoned lecturers, Mr. Yahaya Bello resorted to the recruitment of unqualified individuals such as laboratory attendants, members of the National Youth Service Corps, NCE holders and even undergraduate students to replace them.
“These actions of Mr. Yahaya Bello amount to gross violation of International Labour Law, the Constitution of Nigeria and all known best practices in the university system”.
ASUU Owerri Zone comprises Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli; Federal University of Technology, Owerri; Imo State University, Owerri; Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.