The restructuring for efficiency embarked upon by Abia state government since the beginning of the year took off on a sad note as more than 10 workers were sacked last week.
The disengaged staff include a former principal officer of the polytechnic who was compulsorily retired and many staff from different departments whose appointments were terminated. The affected staff were mostly people who had some disciplinary issues with the polytechnic in the past and were punished in one way or the other whose cases were now revisited with termination letters.
The crisis in the polytechnic started last year April 2017 when the Abia state government instituted two panels to look into the authenticity of the qualifications of staff with emphasis on the first school leaving certificates and their age.
The report of that panel was brought to the polytechnic on December 2017, consequently upon that no fewer than 581 staff were not paid their salaries
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This led to fears, apprehensions, rumours, about sacking of these staff who were not paid their salaries, management and the various unions have engaged in series of discussions and dialogues and the workers had embarked on work to rule as a result of this situation.
The State government through the Commissioner for information, making clarification on the crisis had notified the public that not one member of staff of the polytechnic had actually been sacked
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On Tuesday 22nd January 2018, management of the polytechnic issued letters to all the staff indicted in one form or the other by the government panel. Majority of these letters were invitations for staff to clear issues raised against them by the government panel or face termination of their appointments
A few staff (who had previous disciplinary cases) however were not given such Privilege, rather their appointments were terminated.