Varsity loses accreditation after sacking 153 lecturers

"Since our employment in May, 2015, none of us had been paid salaries notwithstanding that we played our roles in teaching."

ESUT entrance

The Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) has reportedly lost the accreditation of several courses after the management allegedly dismissed 153 lecturers of the university.

The affected lecturers had lamented that they were sacked by ESUT authorities shortly after using them to scale last accreditation exercise of some of its faculties/departments.

Director of Information and Public Relations, Nigerian Universities Commission,  NUC, Mallam Ibrahim Yakassai, on Tuesday, April 19, said that the NUC under the Executive Secretary, Professor Julius Okojie frowned at a situation where some universities hired and sacked lecturers immediately after using them (lecturers) to get accreditation from the Commission.

He said, “Following the series of petitions from the disengaged staff of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, the NUC on February 12, 2016 withdrew accreditation of Mass Communication, Engineering, Psychology and some other departments. The NUC cannot sit down and watch such ugly development.”

Part of the statement made by the aggrieved lecturers said, "Since our employment in May, 2015, none of us had been paid salaries notwithstanding that we played our roles in teaching, setting examinations invigilating, markings papers, supervision of projects and submission of result which enabled ESUT to access, promote and graduate deserving students accordingly.

“We can now realize that the essence of our employment was for the university to pass the 2015 NUC accreditation. It is sad that we have been dumped after being used for the accreditation exercise.”

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