Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has ordered that the Staff School of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, RUGIPO should be privatized.
As a result of this, this has affected the workers of the staff school as they have been issued sack letters.
In a statement issued by the Governing Council, it was explained that the move was necessitated by a lack of funds.
The statement explained that the cost of running the school is higher than the expected returns.
The statement issued by the institution’s Acting Rector, Gani Ogundahunsi, further revealed that the action was taken in line with the executive order of Gov Akeredolu sent to the polytechnic’s Governing Council.
The statement reads in parts that, “the staff school of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic will be privatized and investors are being invited to take advantage of the business opportunity.
“As at now the cost of running the school is N74,000,000.00 (Seventy Four Million Naira)in one year whereas the total income from the school every year is N4,000,000.00 (Four Million Naira ONLY ): This is not sustainable.
“The Governing Council have therefore decided to privatize the school: All the employees employed directly by the Polytechnic will return to the polytechnic Employment while efforts are being made to persuade the investors and the ministry of education to absorb other categories of employees but no person will lose his or her employment as a result of these changes in the corporate structure.
“We solicit for the support of all our employees and the good people of Ondo State to enable us to carry out The Executive order of Mr Governor to the Governing Council.”
One of the affected workers’ sack letter entitled “LETTER OF DISENGAGEMENT OF SERVICES” and dated August 5, 2019, “this is to inform you that the Governing Council of the Polytechnic has directed that the Staff Primary and Secondary Schools of the institution be closed down.”
“In view of the above, your services are no longer required. Consequently, you are hereby disengaged from the services of the Polytechnic with effect from Monday 5th August, 2019.”
The letter reads further that “on this regard, the Bursary Department has been directed to compute the entitlements/benefits accruing to you if any. However, this is without prejudice to your being entitled to one month salary in lieu of notice. Council appreciates you and prays for your success in future endeavours.”
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