The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Federal Government to intervene in the victimisation of workers reporting cases of corruption to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba called for the immediate reinstatement of 23 members of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) sacked by the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)
The NLC president made this known in a letter to the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu and a copy was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
In the letter, Wabba said: “Between Nov. 8 and Nov.11, 23 members of SSANU have been relieved of their appointments maliciously and vindictively.
“They were victimised for reporting cases of corruption to the EFCC.
“SSANU, one of our affiliate, has informed us that its members at the FUNAAB have been victimised.
“Do permit us to observe that the actions of the Council and Management of FUNAAB do not only constitute impunity and lawlessness but a violation of the fundamental human rights of these workers.
“This is as enshrined in Section 39 of the 2009 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
According to Wabba, in order for the war on corruption to succeed, whistle blowers should be protected by all means and not victimised as is presently the case at FUNAAB.
“We request you to cause an investigation into what is going on at FUNAAB as well as ensure that the affected workers are recalled unconditionally.
“We await your intervention, please accept the assurances of our highest esteem.’’