In Nigeria Long-Time PT Lecturers Take to the Courts to Demand FT Status

by Augustine Aminu

Fifty lecturers of the Rivers State College of Health Sciences and Technology have petitioned the House of Assembly over their non-engagement after spending between 10 and 15 years in the service of the school.

They alleged that they were still accorded the status of part-time lecturers by the management of the institution.
Acting on the petition to the House asked Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to setup a Governing Council for the school to resolve the matter.

The directive was contained in a resolution reached by the House after considering the report of an ad-hoc committee it constituted on July 15, 2014 to look into employment issues in the institution.

In their petition, the lecturers lamented the failure of the state Civil Service Commission to employ them as it earlier brokered between them and the authorities of the school. According to the petitioners, they had tutored in the college for between 10 and 15 years on part-time basis on the promise that they would be absorbed as full-time lecturers.

Presenting the report on behalf of the committee, Hon. Gift Wokocha, prayed the House to pass a resolution directing the governor to constitute a governing council as the school has operated for about 10 years without a governing council. He also urged the House to direct the state Civil Service Commission to absolve the aggrieved lecturers, pointing out that most of those employed were lectured by the petitioners.

In their contribution, most of the lawmakers argued that there was need to look at the activities of both the part-time lecturers and the school authorities.

According to Hon. Onari Brown, member representing AKULGA I, “the situation is pathetic but there are questions the House needs to ask. The House needs to look critically into the activities of these lecturers why they will want to lecture
in an institution for 15 years on N8, 000 monthly salary basis. How were they surviving? These are questions the House needs to ask the petitioners and the provost.”

On his part, House Leader, Hon. Chidi Lloyd, submitted that the House has invited the parties to appear before it for more explanations.

When the matter was put into voting, majority of the lawmakers voted in support of the summons.

In his ruling, the Speaker, Otelemaba Dan-Amachree, directed the Clerk to invite the Rector, the Chairman of the State Civil Service Commission and the petitioners to the floor of the House and as well write to the governor to as a matter of urgency constitute a governing council for the institution. Twenty-two lawmakers attended the sitting.

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