OrderPaperToday – A Civil Society Organisation, the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), has called on the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to as a matter of urgency void the sack of a lecturer of Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech), Mr Joseph Akeju.
Mr. Akeju who has been a Chief Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy for 31 years was reported to have been terminated as a Bursar by the Governing Council of the institution for exposing corrupt practices at the institution.
He was later recalled in 2016 after the Minister of Education gave the directive for his immediate reinstatement, but few days to his retirement, it was alleged that the college’s governing council may deny his entitlements due to the recent termination of his appointment.
In a letter signed by AFRICMIL’s Coordinator, Chido Onumah, the CSO totally condemned the act and urged the Minister of Education to take accurate measures.
AFRICMIL expressed sadness over Mr. Akeju’s predicament and urged the Minister of Education to protect the interest of the lecturer who had blown the whistle against corruption.
According to Onumah, Akeju’s recent dismissal by the management of Yabatech was “vengeful, malicious and unjust” especially to prevent him from getting his entitlements.
He said: “Mr. Akeju is due for retirement from public service on 20th of March, 2018, but the chairman of the governing council, in a glaring act of desperation, perfected a scheme to deny him a dignified and honourable exit with the purported dismissal.”
AFRICMIL said the continuous intimidation of Nigerians who have chosen to expose corruption will not only be a setback for the anti-corruption fight, but will also make it difficult for anyone to blow the whistle.