… They are plotting to destabilise my administration, she says
From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri
Provost of Imo State College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Orlu, Reverend Sister Uchechukwu Agu, staff and students are on collision course over alleged incomptence.
While staff and students are aligned that the provost does not possess the requisite competence for the office, Agu has fired back.
The provost is insisting that the staff and students are simply plotting to destabilise her administration.
The aggrived students and staff also alleged highhandedness, incompetence, certificate forgery, victimisation and abuse of public service procedure on the part of the provost.
Agu, who denied the allegations, described them as lies aimed at tarnishing her image. The cleric said she was appointed by the state government to correct anomalies in the institution and that she was not in anyway responsible for the sacking of her predecessaor, Ngozi Duru.
“Those peddling the rumour are enemies of progress. They want the irregularities to continue because they know that I will not tolerate that,” she said. Agu said it was unfortunate that instead of the staff and students to co-operate with her and move the institution forward, they chose to raise unfounded accusations against her. The provost also dismissed allegation of non-qualification as a ruse.
Agu affirmed she is a certified registered nurse and midwife.
“I have B.Sc and MSc in Nursing Sciences, currently I am doing my Ph.D in the same discipline, in Ebonyi State University, Abakiliki.
“The state governor appointed me, based on my qualification and so, the issue of non-qualification and incompetence, as alleged by my detractors, is malicious”.
Regardless, a staff, who declined to be named, for fear of victimisation, alleged Agu recently announced cancellation of workers’ confirmation of appointment letters issued them by the Duru-led administration. She described the letters as null and void.
“Queries are issued without prior warning letters.
Those perceived as her enemies, among staff, who were placed on in-service training are currently being arm-twisted by the provozst to abandon their academic pursuit through seizure of their pay cheques, with the claim that the state government has put a ban on study leave and in-service training.
“All these practices negate civil service provisions and rules,” the source added.