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  • I’ll renounce my Nigerian citizenship, lecturer threatens
  • Mr Victor Koreyo, Lecturer, Department of
    Ceramics and Glass Technology, Akanu Ibiam
    Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Afikpo, Ebonyi,
    has declared intention to renounce his Nigerian
    citizenship for what he called social injustice.
    Koreyo in a letter to President Muhammadu
    Buhari, made available in Abuja, said he was
    demoted for a period of eight years by the
    management of the institution and urged the
    President to endorse his request.
    Investigation revealed that a directive was
    given by the Federal Government in 2007
    directing all lecturers to produce additional
    qualification relevant to the job they do.
    It was gathered that the 7th Governing Council
    of the institution gave Koreyo two years to
    produce a foreign institution master degree in
    Ceramic Science and Engineering or he would
    be dismissed from service.
    Koreyo from Nasarawa State, said that the
    management of the polytechnic refused to
    communicate the information to him in written.
    He alleged that since 2010 till date, the
    institutions had refused to approve his
    application for staff development opportunity
    because the Igbo constituted principal officers
    in the school.
    He also said that several communications to
    the institution from the Head of Service of the
    Federation (HOSF), Attorney General of the
    Federation (AGF), Servicom and host of others,
    on the issue was in his favour for
    reinstatement.
    Koreyo also accused the ministry of Education
    for allegedly writing a counter-directive letter to
    the rector to disregard the government
    directives issued by the HOSF and AGF.
    According to him, this is social injustice that is
    not in line with the 1999 constitution of the
    Federal Republic of Nigeria.
    “I love to continue as citizen of this great
    nation on earth.
    “But since I do not have the financial power or
    connection to challenge the Rector to obey the
    Federal Government’s directives in my favour, I
    decided to take this peaceful action.
    “I believe this peaceful action and step of
    honour will prevent the rector from killing me
    by premeditated frustration of my
    constitutional rights to social justice as the
    citizen of Nigeria.
    “I have nursed this feeling of suicide to end
    these eight years of frustration by the Rector
    and officials of the Akani Ibiam Polytechnic
    division of tertiary education department of the
    Federal Ministry of Education.
    “And have decided the renunciation of my
    citizenship by birth will be the best way to
    peacefully end my quest for social justice at the
    ministry of education and finally resign from
    Federal Public Service of Nigeria,” he said.
    However, a staff of the ministry of education
    said on condition of anonymity, said that the
    ministry was already looking into the matter.
    According to him, the matter is also before the
    newly constituted council of the institution.
    He urged Koreyo to be patient as the new
    council would resolve the problem.
    “I just got to know that the new council was
    already handling the matter and it is a national
    issue.
    “ The Federal Government has constituted a
    body to look into this problem because it is a
    general problem and not peculiar to him alone.
    “ A directive was given to some staff to go and
    acquire more knowledge and those that
    brought their master degrees in relevant
    disciplines were upgraded.
    “But in his own case, where he got his masters
    is not relevant and is not in line as at that
    time.
    “I want to say that the matter is before the
    new council so he should exercise patient,” the
    Ministry source said.
    Meanwhile, the authorities of Akanu Ibiam
    Federal polytechnic, Uwana in Afikpo noted that
    the decision of the institution was in
    compliance with the directive of National Board
    for Technical Education (NBTE),
    Dr Edmond Oyeneho, a former chairman of the
    Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Akanu
    Ibiam Federal polytechnic, Uwana chapter, said
    in Afikpo that the institution was acting on
    instruction.
    According to him, NBTE in 2007 introduced a
    policy aimed at ending the dichotomy between
    polytechnic and University education in Nigeria.
    He said the policy, which upgraded the course
    content of Polytechnic education to be at par
    with University education, also mandated
    lecturers in Polytechnics without Master
    degrees in their core areas to upgrade.
    He explained that the policy took about three
    years before its implementation started across
    Polytechnics in Nigeria.
    He noted that many lecturers in the polytechnic
    system, who had fallen short of the new
    requirements had to enroll for either Master in
    Science or Master in Arts degrees programmes
    in their core areas.
    “At the expiration of the three years grace
    period all Polytechnics in Nigeria including
    Uwana implemented the policy by demoting all
    lecturers in the system without Master’s in
    their core areas to lecturer 1.
    “Those who went and remedied their situation
    came back and were reinstated to their former
    positions.
    “Koreyo was therefore in line with the policy
    demoted from the senior lecturer position he
    previously occupied to lecturer 1 because of his
    failure to upgrade his situation.
    “He is a lecturer in the department of Ceramics
    and Glass Geology but he went to Federal
    University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), to do
    a Master degree programme in Management
    Project and was awarded Master Business
    Administration (MBA).
    “The academic programme did not fulfill the
    NBTE requirement because MBA is a
    professional programme, while Master of
    Science (M.Sc) is an academic qualification
    required to teach in Polytechnics and
    universities, ” Oyeneho said.
    Oyeneho, a senior lecturer in the Department of
    Public Administration and Director, Internally
    Generated Revenue in the institution, criticised
    Koreyo’s threat to denounce his Nigerian
    citizenship.
    He said that the institution would not be
    blackmailed and forced to reinstate him to his
    former position in disregard to existing policy
    direction.
    ” He is not alone in the situation and it will be
    a disobedience to existing NBTE policy to
    isolate him for preferential treatment.
    “The MSc programme was sponsored by
    TETFUND with N5 million study grant and
    affected lecturers receive their full monthly
    salary through out the duration of the
    academic programme, ” he added. (NAN)

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