45 disengaged workers of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), in Ondo State staged a peaceful protest Wednesday over their dismissal by the federal government.
The protesters under the auspices of SSANU said affected teachers have been served their dismissal letters. They however vowed that they would resist the development.
The protesters from FUTA, carried placards with different inscriptions such as “Buhari this not the change we voted for. Save our jobs”, Daramola Don’t privatize FUTA Staff Primary School”, Teachers are not second class citizens. Stop maltreating us in FUTA staff primary School.”
The SSANU Chairman faulted the government decision to go ahead with the sacking despite the fact that a case filed in the court to challenge the action was still pending.
“The plan to disengage some SSANU members in 30 federal universities started during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime but failed to achieve its aim before the government expired. This same circular was also issued again on October 9, this year by the deputy director of ministry of education, Mr. E.O Fayemi directing the government to stop the salaries of the affected staff. Despite the fact that the matter is in court, the present government had decided to shun the court and go ahead with the sacking. The sacked workers are staff of FUTA because the primary school where they work is just an organ that cannot employ workers."