By Bukola Olamona
Workers under Joint Research and Allied Institutions Sector Unions have petitioned the Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu, alleging plot to appoint a substantive Director General for National Institute for Education Planning Administration, (NIEPA) Ondo, Ondo state.
A letter which was made available to newsmen and signed by the chairman of ASURI, Bibitayo Ajise, Ganiyu Toyin, chairman, NASU, and Solomon Ogudo, Chairman, SSAUTHRIAI, on behalf of NIEPA workers demanded due process in the appointment of DG for the institution.
They alleged that an authorized recommendation had been forwarded to the Honourable Minister of Education, for the post of NIEPA Director General without the consent of the Institute’s Governing Council that has the statutory function to do such recommendation.
The letter read, “In view of this information, the three (3) Unions of the Institute (National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA Nigeria) strongly condemned such unauthorised recommendation of an outsider to this position without the awareness of the
“Governing Council that has such mandate.
Based on the breach of due process, the Unions unequivocally condemned the flouting of protocol and hereby make a compassionate appeal that such unwarranted recommendation that was not known by the Council should be discarded and if there is any action(s) that has been taken erroneously based on such unknown recommendation should be stopped forthwith as the Governing Council that is saddled with such responsibility has unanimously recommended the incumbent Ag, Director-General in the person of Prof. Akinsolu Olatoun Abiodun.
“The Unions wish to reiterate their decision that they will vehemently reject any such kangaroo appointment.”
The Unions then rejected any recommendation that did not pass through the Institute’s Governing Council that is duly appointed by the Federal Government and appealed that the Institute’s Governing Council must not be rubbished under any guise of recommendation from outside the Institute
The workers also appealed to the Federal Ministry of Education revert any outsider recommended for the position of the Director-General without due process and warned that it would not hesitate to embark on industrial action to press home their legitimate demand should the authority concerned fail to act.