The House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration has advised the management of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) to sack 83 staff employed in 2016 without due process.
Hon. Mohammed Umar-Bago, chairman, House Committee, gave the advice when he led a delegation of the committee on an oversight function to the academy in Oron on Friday.
“Rector, the issue of these 83 staff, sack them if their employment did not go through due process, that is how touts are employed. Any employment that does not have approvals means there was never any employment in the first place.
“It does not make sense to have 700 staff in an academy of just 300 cadets. That means the academy is over bloated. I will encourage you to right-size. Even if people don’t like it, it must still happen.”
“Don’t be distracted. There is a triangle in MAN, Oron, the first is gossip. They will gossip about you, about every other person, don’t be distracted.”
Umar-Bago, however, said that if the employment process, after investigations was found fault with unqualified staff, their appointment should be terminated with immediate effect.
Responding, Commodore Emma Effedua (Rtd) explained that the academy currently has a staff strength of 676 staff, stating that 80 per cent of the staff were indigenes of the community, which was against federal character “For the academy, we have 676 staff now. However, when I took over as Rector, I was handed a staff strength of 714 workers which I was not okay with.
“We did head count with not much success and had to do biometrics, where we now had 676 staff. “For cadets, we have 336 students, but most of them will be graduating between August and October.