The 260 staff of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna state, affected by the institution’s downsizing scheme during retired Gen. Mamman Kontagora’s administration, have pleaded for reinstatement.
Addressing newsmen in Zaria on Tuesday, the spokesman of the affected staff, Capt. Emefie Ijei, described their retrenchment as politically- motivated.
He argued that the entire exercise was done to victimise certain people in the university, alleging that they were illegally removed from various offices with a view to satisfying certain goals.
The spokesman also disclosed that about three committees chaired by Prof. S. K. Babalola, Prof. Alex Kadiri and that of Prof. Ango Abdullahi were set up to investigate the matter.
One of the committees, according to him, recommended that the affected staff be reinstated “but to no avail’’.
“Our plea now is for the university to reinstate all of us and compute all our monies and give it back to us.’’
In his reaction, the ABU Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, debunked the allegation that they were illegally retrenched from service.
He said that the retrenchment affected all segments of people and “there was nothing like politics or victimisation of any kind in the exercise. NAN