By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI â€” The nationwide industrial action called by the leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has taken a dangerous twist in Imo state, as government has advertised all the available teaching positions in Imo State University (IMSU), Owerri.
However, some lecturers and parents who spoke to Vanguard on the development, were of the view that government has again been ill-advised, adding that no sane academic would apply for any of the positioned advertised by IMSU.
Confirming the development in a telephone interview, the Commissioner for Education, Prof Jude Njoku, said that IMSU management was acting on the directives of the state government.
“Government is aware of the advertisements placed in some newspapers for the recruitment of varying levels of lecturers. The advert followed a recent directive issued by government to that effectâ€.
Prof Njoku said that the development cannot be interpreted to mean that IMSU lecturers have been summarily dismissed from service.
â€œFor now, no IMSU lecturer has been fired and it would be wrong for anybody to interpret the current advertisements to mean that they have been fired by governmentâ€, ProfÂ Njoku said.
When contacted, a top staff of IMSU,Â who spoke on grounds of anonymity, confirmed the development but added that as at the time of the interview, there was no documented directive from government to sack anybody.