By Festus Ahon
ASABA – A Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC in Bayelsa State, Mr Mike Olomu has condemned the sack of 1,700 non teaching staff of the Niger Delta University by Governor Seriake Dickson, describing the action wicked and inhuman .
Olomu in a statement made available to the Vanguard, said “the sack of huge chunk of the university workforce in the name of public service reform without regard for due process and human face will have negative consequences on families and the state generally.
“The state government should focus on proper funding of the university to provide world class infrastructure for the accreditation of courses in the university rather than creating unnecessary tension.
“The attempt to sack legitimate workers of the institution amounts to running away from its responsibility as a government. I therefore call on the government to reverse its decision without any further delay. The recent protest by the non-teaching staff of the Institution by going nude to register their anger is not only a sacrilege but also a clear indication that the government decision was anti people and a violation of the article of faith.
“The NDU is the only institution left as legacy to Bayelsa youths and Governor Dickson is out to destroy it. The purported reform and sack of the workers of the institution has exposed the hypocrisy of Governor Dickson’s avowed commitment to the educational uplift of the state.
“The action of Governor Dickson is also a brazen show of dictatorship. Three months ago, I spoke about the matter; our lives were threatened. Lecturers were threatened. But now we are vidicated . The stakeholders in Bayelsa should not allow the University go into oblivion under this administration. ”
Continuing, Olomu said “Bayelsa First Lady, Dr. Racheal Dickson was a staff of the institution; this same institution that was sustaining the education concerns of members of the Governor’s family. He should not destroy what his family has benefited from”.
While calling on critically stakeholders in the State to rise up and prevail on Governor Seriake Dickson to have a change of heart, Olomu said “it is a bad omen in the land for old women and young girls to display nakedness in public against an administration. The Bayelsa Elders should rise up and rescue Bayelsa. “