The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has intervened in the alleged wrongful sacking and downgrading of workers in the state owned tertiary institution, Akwa Ibom State University, demanding the backdating of their confirmation by one year from the date of appointment.
This is sequel to the consideration of the Report of the Joint House Committee on Judiciary, Justice, Human Rights and Public Petitions and that of Education on the matter during Tuesday plenary.
It would be recalled that in July this year, the House deliberated on the alleged wrongful termination of and downgrading of workers in Akwa Ibom State University, (AKSU), following a matter of urgent public importance brought before the House by the member representing Abak, Rt. Hon. Friday Iwok who informed the House about the development.
The matter was referred to the House Committee on Judiciary, Justice, Human Rights and Public Petitions and the Committee on Education to investigate with a view to proffering possible solutions.
In their resolutions, the House directed that “the petitioners having stayed for more than two years should not only be regularized but also confirmed and the date of their regularization and confirmation backdated to one year and two years, respectively, from the date of their appointments.
The lawmakers also agreed that the petitioners that are already due for promotion, scholarship, sponsorship or any other entitlements, including arrears of salaries, should have their entitlement given to them after due process have been followed, and urged their employers to expedite action in that direction.
In the same vein, the lawmakers cautioned the petitioners “to desist from further use of improper, combative and confrontational language against members of the Governing Council and management of the university”.
Furthermore, the House directed that “none of the affected staff or union leaders should be victimized for their role in the struggle”.
Speaker of the House, Barr Onofiok Luke commended the Joint Committee for doing a thorough job, as well as the members of the House for standing up to intervene in the matter.
The Speaker said that the resolution of the matter was made possible by the cooperation of Akwa Ibom State University with the state legislature. He said that this shows the existing synergy among governmental agencies and institutions in the state.