The Vice-Chancellor of Ebonyi State College, Prof. Chigozie Ogbu on Tuesday denied rumours of his resignation over allegations of owing salaries.
Recall that teachers of the college launched into strike in February 2020 over alleged accumulation of salaries, grinding actions of the College.
Prof Ogbu, who used to be the previous Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, made this identified whilst briefing reporters in Abakaliki.
He lamented the slicing down of the College’s subvention by way of the state governor, David Umahi, which in line with him resulted within the debt of 2 months salaries to teachers.
Consistent with him: “All of us aroused from sleep to the inside track such as you heard, that the Vice-Chancellor has resigned however this is completely false in anyway, meant or unintentional.
“So, the Vice-Chancellor has no longer, has no goal to renounce for any reason why however let me give an explanation for to you what has resulted in this; you recall that both in February or March, all tutorial establishments had been closed, the College incorporated and you already know the most important supply of source of revenue within the College are the scholars and on the time of the closure, scholars had been simply registering.
“A excellent quantity had registered, a excellent quantity had additionally no longer registered. So on account of the price amassed, we had been ready to proceed to pay wage till the top of Might and that point, we met with the personnel, with the unions and everyone and defined to them the handicap as a result of we don’t gather charges once more, there is not any different supply of having cash to pay faculty charges, the state govt subvents the salaries.
“They’ve been paying their very own subvention however internally as a result of we don’t have cash from scholars, the College can not make up to enroll in a portion of the wage.
“It used to be from June, we stopped paying wage and that’s the place we’re. Now, when the council was conscious about this, we arrange a committee to look what can also be performed to boost budget for the College.
“That committee labored with the union and different individuals of the Academia and got here up with the file, which Thursday closing week, used to be introduced to the customer to the College, the Governor of the state, Engr David Nweze Umahi.
“So on Thursday, that presentation used to be performed by way of the Chairman of the Council; in that assembly, it used to be evident that the Governor who have been announcing that every one establishments should make sacrifices with regards to decreasing their salary invoice, suggested that the College should return and have a look at itself severely and notice how they may be able to sacrifice to scale back the wage, then know the place else to lend a hand.
“You’re conscious that many establishments have lowered the wage, we must take our sister establishment right here in Ikwo, you already know they’ve been receiving 85% off their wage since closing 12 months. They usually already idea that the College could make some sacrifices with regards to decreasing their salary invoice after which lend a hand in any space they may be able to. So, that’s what transpired.
“For the previous two(2) days, we’ve been running on our actions to look the place we will cut back so to fulfill him, so he may give us some help to proceed to pay salaries.
“So, there may be not anything that necessitated anyone to suppose that the VC is resigning or isn’t satisfied as a result of those are arduous occasions for everyone, for the College and for different organizations and all of us respect it and can do no matter we will to return out of it. There’s no resignation of anyone right here within the College, let by myself the VC” he mentioned.