The Ekiti state university in Ado Ekiti has sacked 900 member staff of the institution for various offences that allegedly contravened their condition of service.
The Nation reports that the vice-chancellor of the institution, Prof Eddy Olanipekun, disclosed that the decision was taken by the institution’s governing council in its meeting on Thursday, December 5.
Olanipekun said a report from a holistic audit of the institutions’ staff and finances undertaken by an external private audit firm formed the basis of the decision.
The vice-chancellor noted that the decision was taken after the recommendation of the visitation panel set up by Governor Kayode Fayemi, which identified among other things over staffing, redundancy and personnel misalignment in virtually all the sections of the university as the problem hindering the institution to pay its workers.
He said 619 those sacked were employed irregularly between 2016 and 2018, adding another 228 staff that allegedly had some discrepancies in their educational qualification were also affected.
Olanipekun other persons that were sacked included ghost workers and some staff who were said to be over the ages of 65 and 70 for non-academic and academic workers respectively.
The vice-chancellor said the university will be able to save over N200 million monthly by the time the staff are expunged on the payroll.
“619 were illegally recruited between 2016 and 2018. Some were overaged having clocked 68 or 69 but still working when the statute prescribed 65 for nonacademic and 70 for academic staff,” Olanipekun said.
“The workers were employed irregularly against university regulations within the period 2016-2018 thereby causing major personnel misalignment and skyrocketing of the university wage bill by about 100% within two years.”