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Sacked poly teachers drag Rivers govt to industrial court

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By Jimitota Onoyume

PORT HARCOURT—ABOUT 435 staff of Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic (formerly known as Rivers Polytechnic) recently sacked by the Rivers State government have approached the National Industrial Court,NIC, Port Harcourt division, to challenge their sack.

Amannah Ireju, Jekey Lekue and Oruwari Sotonye who are claimants for themselves and the others, urged the court to among others declared that their employment by the state government between September 2013 and April 1 2015 was valid.

The also sought the court to declare that they were bonafide members of staff of the polytechnic, adding that the court should also declare their recent sack by the state government as unlawful

“A declaration that the purported termination of the claimants employment with the defendant is unlawful, null and void and a breach of the claimants contract of employment “

They also prayed the court to issue an order restraining the Registrar/Rector of the school from appointing new hands to replace the sacked 435 workers.

They also urged the court to give an order mandating the Permanent  Secretary Ministry of Education and the Rector/Registrar of the school to reinstate them.

The Attorney General of Rivers state is the first defendant while the Permanent secretary Ministry of Education and the Rector, Ken Sarowiwa Polytechnic are the second and third defendants respectively.

“An order mandating the Permanent secretary Ministry of Education, Rector/Registrar of the said Polytechnic to reinstate the 435 workers immediately and pay them all outstanding salaries forthwith”

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