Ebonyi state University located at Abakaliki, the state capital has sacked three of its staff for various misconducts. While the lecturers, Dr Egbo John and Chinedu Onwe Ogah were sacked for sexual harassment, a staff of the university’s bursary department, Ubochi Joseph, was sacked for fraud.
This was revealed to newsmen in Abakaliki by the vice chancellor of the university, Prof Chigozie Ogbu, through the public relations officer, Patrick Itumo. According to Itumo, Egbo, of Educational Foundation Unit, was shown the way out for allegedly sexually harassing a female student simply identified as Peace. The PRO also confirmed that Ogah, of History and International Relations Department, who had been on suspension pending an investigation by the university’s investigative committee for allegations ranging from alteration of students’ scores to extortion of money and sexual harassment of female students in his department, finally lost his appointment after he was found guilty of the crimes.
In the case of Joseph, of the Bursary Department, Post Graduate School, Itumo further explained that he was dismissed on April 19, 2018 for alleged embezzling school fees collected from students and forging receipts.
The PRO restated the resolve of the present management of university under Prof Ogbu to rid the institution of all vices, both on the side of the students and workers, including academic and non-academic staff.
He said Dr James Agena, former head of Political Science Department, had earlier been sacked for similar offence, while some others fingered for such and related ills are under investigation.
He assured that the management of the university would not hesitate to carry out thorough investigation of any allegation of misconduct against any staff or student of the institution. And anyone found culpable would be adequately disciplined without recourse to his/her status. Meanwhile, two other lecturers: Dr. Nduka Ozor and Dr Daniel Ayakpa, have been commended by the management of the university for outstanding performance.
In a commendation letter signed by the vice chancellor, the duo, according to the PRO, were rewarded for distinguishing themselves in the fight against examination malpractices, corruption and several other social vices prevalent in university environment.
The university spokesman noted that the unrelenting efforts of the management to effectively employ the ‘Reward’ and ‘Reprimand’ strategy in dealing with staff members was to encourage excellent service delivery while discouraging vices.