JUST IN: Enugu Govt Denies Unjust Dismissal Of Teachers

Enugu Govt Denies Unjust Dismissal Of Teachers

Govt Denies Unjust Dismissal Of Teachers

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Chairman of the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB), Dr Gabriel Ajah, has dismissed allegations of unjust sacking of five teachers in the board's service.

He said the agency always ensures strict adherence to due process in meting out sanctions to errant academic and non-academic staff.

This came as the dismissed teachers tendered written and unreserved admitting wrongdoing.

Ajah reiterated the Board's commitment to upholding discipline and code of conduct, which he said would ensure improved standard of education in the state. He stated this in Enugu at the weekend while making clarifications over the allegation that one Mrs. Ujunwa Onyia and four other teachers were unjustly dismissed by ENSUBEB over their supposed agitation for teachers' in the state.

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Recall that a had surfaced on the alleging the said teachers were sacked over their agitation for the payment of N30,000 minimum wage.

But speaking to newsmen in his office at the weekend, the ENSUBEB chairman described the allegation as a mere fabrication, stating that the teachers were among those queried and found culpable over reports of misconduct, truancy, absence from duty without permission, insubordination and other acts, which contravene the Public Service Rules.

Ajah stressed that the misconduct and insubordinate attitudes of Mrs. Onyia were only one out of the 13 such cases treated by the Board at its meeting.

He said it was disingenuous to link the disciplinary action with any minimum wage agitation, as the extension of N30,000 minimum wage to primary teachers was promptly approved by Governor Peter Mbah and equally paid in their February salaries after many years of waiting.

He displayed an apology letter by Mrs Ujunwa Onyia and four others pleading for a recall to service, having realised their misconduct and mistakes.

Part of the apology letter reads, “I and my other four would like to sincerely apologise for our recent breach of communication channels according to the Civil service rule.

“We realise that our actions were disrespectful and inappropriate and we are deeply sorry for any offense or embarrassment we may have caused.

“We realise that our actions may have affected the and confidence that you and the Board have in us. We will do everything in our power to regain your trust and prove that we are valuable members of the school Community.

“We are committed to working hard to improve our conduct and make amends for our mistakes.”

Meanwhile the Union of Teachers (NUT) Enugu State Chapter, has expressed gratitude to Governor Peter Mbah for paying the N30,000 minimum wage to primary school teachers in the state.

The NUT stressed that the union did not support acts of indiscipline and willful breach of the Enugu State Civil Service Rules by teachers in Enugu State, clarifying that the sanctioned teachers were not members of NUT executive in the state and did not also consult with the body before embarking on the actions that earned them the disciplinary action.

The Enugu NUT chairman, Comrade Theophilus Nweke, stated these in Enugu, pledging total support of the teachers for Governor Mbah's effort to turn the education sector of the state around.

“When the current administration came in, we met with them and presented our challenges to the governor who promised to address them.

“True to his word the governor quickly set up a committee to look into the issues, they submitted their report in which it was recommended that these teachers be paid,” he said.

Nweke said the least expected of them as teachers was to reciprocate the governor's gestures through dedication to duty and highly ethical conduct.

 

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