Abia poly suspends 500 workers over certificate, age falsification

Abia poly suspends 500 workers over certificate, age falsification

At least 500 academic and non-academic members of staff of the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba have been temporally disengaged by the institution’s management.

 This followed a report by a committee set up by the Abia State Government to investigate their certificates, ages and the authenticity of their employment, which found them wanting.

Southern City News learnt that the names of the affected workers were on Monday removed from the payroll of the school on the orders of the management.

A source close to the institution’s management said some of the workers allegedly falsified their ages, while the others did not follow due process in their employment process.

The source, who craved anonymity, said there was no publication in any national daily that called for application into vacant positions for teaching and non-teaching positions in the institution as at the time they were employed.

 The source said, “Some of the affected staff were employed in what we call ‘backyard’ recruitment process of staff by a former rector of the institution and the powers that be in the state before the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration.

“It was such employment of staff without following due process that is responsible for the ghost workers and over-bloated workforce in the institution now.

“If the incumbent government in the state and management of the institution fail to address the situation, the situation would degenerate further.”

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