Tension as Enugu College of Education sacks 95 workers

At least 95 staff members of the Enugu State College of Education Technical, ESCET, have been sacked, Ugamatv learnt.

The development was communicated to the affected staff members on Tuesday by the Registrar of the College, Mr Pat Aneke.

A source at the meeting said the sack was blamed on alleged irregularities in the employment of the workers who have served for three years.

One of the workers, who spoke under anonymity, said tension has enveloped the institution, with the development coming amid the hardship being experienced in the country.

“We were informed today, (Tuesday) that a government implementation committee is carrying out the recommendations of an investigative committee earlier set up.

“By this action, they said 95 workers, both academic and non-academic employed in 2021 have been sacked.

The management said letters will be made available to the affected staff members today, Wednesday.

“It was received with huge shock, with some people collapsing upon getting the news. There is tension all over the college.”

While describing the development as heartbreaking, the worker, who spoke under anonymity, said they were being owed several months of salary areas.

All these while, we have been forced to bear the brunt of unpaid salaries in a country ravaged by economic turmoil and hyperinflation, where every naira counts.

“Now, they want to terminate our job after three years; the weight of this injustice is crushing.

“Imagine the despair of those who have diligently served their institution, sacrificing their time, energy, and expertise, only to be met with this injustice,” he lamented.

Meanwhile, one of the affected workers has appealed to Governor Peter Mbah to come to their aid.

He told our correspondent that “we are mothers, fathers, breadwinners, whose livelihoods have been snatched away.

“We are appealing to the government to rescind this decision. We are begging Governor Peter Mbah to consider the economic situation in the country and halt this action by the implementation committee.”