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House C’ttee chides NOCEN management

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THE Public Petitions Committee of Anambra State House Of Assembly has expressed dismay over the failure by the management of  Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe (NOCEN), to appear before the comminittee on Wednesday, in connection with two petitions by former members of staff of the institution.

Speaking to the press briefly after the committee’s meeting with different delegation of former personnel of NOCEN at the legislative building . Awka , the  committee  Chairman,  Emeka Aforka, said that the provost and management team “were duly invited in writing and were not only absent, but also failed to even communicate with committee .”

The two groups met the committee over various alleged injustices meted to them by the NOCEN management. The first group comprised  mainly top management staff including  Dr. J.C Okoye, former provost  of the  college while the second group represented 55 former workers, who are members of the Non-Academic  Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions (NASU), whose appointments were rationalized , Ironically, during Dr. Okoye’s tenure.

After  meeting with two delegations in camera, Aforka told pressmen that, “the matter was adjourned till next week”, threatening that the committee would invoke the powers vested on it to compel the NOCEN management to appear “if it  repeats such action of disobedience again”.

It was reliably gathered that the 55 NASU members are agitating for the full implementation of a resolution by the ANHA on  16th March, 2004, about 15years ego.

The House of Assembly had in the said resolution, directed the Provost and Governing Council of NOCEN to reverse the controversial rationalization exercise, saying that it “lacked criteria and guideline and was unnecessary and punitive,  and therefore, should be cancelled and  abrogated immediately’.

ANHA also noted that action of the NOCEN Governing  Council and management was “an infected” and therefore, should be jettisoned.

The law-makers further instructed that all the affected staff should “by no means be denied theeir benefits and entitlements such as promotions, advertisements, transfers, etc, in  the interests of justice, fair play, peace, industrial harmony.

NOCEN management  and governing council were directed to comply with the resolution not later than a month from the date of consideration” being 16th March, 2004.

However ,after 15 years without full  enforcement of the said resolution, the affected petitioners, most of whom had died, reverted to the House to seek its intervention, through a save our soul’ (S.O.S) petition Jointly signed by Comrades Cyprain Emeka Okolo and G.N Osonwa, the NASU branch chairman and secretary respectively with comrades Joseph E Amata and Emma Nwagalaku, then ex-offices members.

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