Rivers State government has ordered the sack of no fewer than 344 newly recruited staff, including lecturers of the State Polytechnic, Bori.
The sack workers were recruited during the immediate past administration of former Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the institution, Innocent Ogbonnaya Nwanwo , said the government also directed the Rector of the polytechnic, Sir Obianko Worlu Elechi to proceed on compulsory leave.
Nwanwo said the sack of the newly recruited staff, as well as the directive on the Rector to proceed on compulsory leave was contained in a directive sent to the Polytechnic by the State Ministry of Education.
He said, “The recent employment exercise we had at the Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori has been cancelled. The reason is that the government needed to review the process of their employment. The process that brought in the newly employed people; don’t forget, they have not started work, has been called off; it has been terminated by the state government.
“Right now, they don’t have a job here in the Rivers State Polytechnic. Technically speaking, that is the truth. The Rector is on leave; he was asked to proceed on leave.”
One of the sacked lecturers of the institution, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said their recruitment, which followed due process dates back to September 2014.
He, therefore, called on Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, the State House of Assembly, and the authority of the Polytechnic to intervene on the matter.