Senate Building at Niger Delta University
The sacking of 1700 non-teaching staff of Bayelsa state’s Niger Delta University NDU by Governor Seriake Dickson continues to generate ripples across the region. The sacked workers who were accused of redundancy had earlier demonstrated with some of them appearing naked.
The demonstration which was staged in the capital Yenogoa had in attendance both old and young women naked carrying various placards condemning the government actions and calling for its reversal.
Prominent citizens of the state have also come out to condemn the action of the government in sacking the workers among who is a prominent member of the opposition party All Progressive Congress APC in the state. Mr. Mike Olomu.
Mr. Olomu has been at the forefront of resistant to the sacking of the workers. He has consistently condemned the government action as being wicked, inconsiderate and callous while wondering how such a large number of people will be able to take care of themselves and their family.
Gov Dickson Sacked 1700 Non-Teaching Staff
In a press statement, Olomu said “the sack of huge chunk of the workforce in the name of public service reforms without regards to due process and human face will have negative consequences on families and the state in general”
“The state should focus on proper funding of the university to provide a world-class infrastructure for the accreditation of courses in the university rather than in creating unnecessary tension.
Mr. Olomu against the Sack
“The attempt to sack legitimate workers of the institution amounts to running away from its responsibility as a government. I, therefore, call on the government to reverse its decision without any further delay. The recent protest of by the non- teaching staff of the institution by going nude to register their anger is not only a sacrilege but also a clear indication that the government decision was anti-people a clear violation of the article of faith”
“The NDU is the only institution left as a legacy to Bayelsa youths and Governor Dickson is out to destroy it. The purported reform and sack of the workers of the institution have exposed the hypocrisy of Governor Dickson avowed commitment to the educational upliftment of the state”.
Continuing the politician called on all sons and daughters of Bayelsa state to rise up and condemn the action of the governor and to force him to reverse such a draconian action. “The stakeholders in Bayelsa should not allow the university to go into oblivion under this administration” Olomu stressed.